The Photographic Journal


Essay 352 • Nov 8th 2018

Red is the color of fire and blood, so it is associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love. Like many other photographers when looking for something to photograph, I start with something intrinsically motivated. This past week, I’ve studied how different colors push us towards different behaviors. Red is a very emotionally intense color. It enhances human metabolism, increases respiration rate, and raises blood pressure. It has very high visibility, which is why stop signs, stoplights, and fire equipment are usually painted red. The color red pushed us to make quick decisions, which is also why its the main color in the branding behind many fast food joints.

Ultimately I find that red is the perfect color to describe the passion that many of us feel toward anything we care for. It represents the root of our being and establishes the deepest connections with our physical bodies, environment, and with the Earth.

What does red mean to you?


My name is Oghalé Alex and I’m a freelance photographer based in Phoenix, Arizona currently living in London, England. My work focuses on capturing feelings, emotions, and thoughts that aren’t easily described through fashion, editorial, and portrait photography. I’ve felt that what makes a good photographer is not the camera that they possess but rather the ability to see something unique even in ordinary situations. Whats great is that every photographer “sees” differently and I’m thankful for the vision that I have been blessed with. We all have different gifts and I hope to inspire others to use theirs.
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Model: Acacia Meara