Capture the Colour…

Posted on August 20, 2012


No matter how far I travel, my holiday photographs are always going to be a standing joke in my family. “Would you like to see my pictures?” I ask proudly, full memory stick in one hand and battered, ‘beginner’ SLR in the other. “Sure,” they reply patiently. “How many of them are of children and stray dogs?”

I am trying to expand my repertoire. Nowadays I take photographs of stray cats and grown-up people too. But it’s always the same. I hiked for eight days in Chile’s Patagonia. I am certain that region invented the colour blue, what with all the glacial lakes and ice fields. Yet when it came to finding my favourite ‘blue’ photograph… there wasn’t a glacier in sight.

Below you’ll find the moments I chose to capture the colours White, Yellow, Red, Green and Blue after my friend and fellow blogger Arianwen at Beyond Blighty suggested I enter Travel’s Capture The Colour competition.

Of course I started in all the logical places – looking for greens in the jungle and reds in the breathtaking waters of Colombia’s Caño Cristales but, true to form, I ended up finding the colours not in nature but in the crazy, messed-up chaos of community, from Colombia to India, via the favelas of Rio de Janeiro.

Still, I am broadening my horizons. I’ve selected just two photographs of children and there isn’t a stray dog in sight. My family will be delighted!


You may only be spending the morning feeding the pigeons with your grandfather. But that’s no excuse not to look your best, as this little girl in Cartagena, Colombia proves in her best white dress.


‘Step away from the fruit’… is the message in the stern, yellow eyes of this greengrocer’s cat in the Rocinha favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Needless to say, I stepped away from the fruit.


Red is a fiery, passionate colour and I think this lady in Roopangarh, India chose it to match her cheeky smile.


The well-worn routine of a day’s work amid the serenity of the rainbow’s most relaxing colour. No wonder this worker is lost in thought in Roopangarh, India.


Blue shorts, blue backpack, blue music player. This little boy came running home from school just as I was struck by the vibrant colours of his Rio de Janeiro home.

(p.s And now it’s over to you lovely people at Muselet, Bogota Eats and Drinks, La Blogotana, A Year Without Peanut Butter and Not In The Pink… consider this your invitation to dig out your most colourful photographs too! You can enter the competition here.)