Life in Neon

Posted by Shayla Simmons — 5 Feb 2014

Excitement is waiting in the bright, big city, flashing and buzzing with life - neon signs emit a come-hither glow.   For a tourist, neon signs may help discover the city or summons a willing participant to new and exciting adventures.  These neon wonders are not just on the outside of buildings, but inside them as well.  Inside pubs, dance clubs, and restaurants, neon might call-out the siren-song of beverages, food, merchandise and much more!

The idea behind neon technology had been conceived prior to the invention of electricity, when a astronomer by the name of Jean Picard observed the glow of mercury in a tube after it had been shaken.  After electricity was invented, a man by the name of Heinrich Geissler developed the Geissler tube in 1855, which was very important to many scientists that were exploring electricity and gas.   These experiments led to different colors of glowing gas in tubes as the precursors to the modern neon implementations!. The first colors of neon to be discovered were blue, white and gold.  There are over 150 colors now possible!

Neon can be just as fun to photograph as the many delights they advertise... Our adventurous and imaginative JPG members have managed to capture some outstanding examples.

Check out these JPG colors glowing with life and excitement.

Takin' In A Movie by Ron Potts

Modern Art II by Juri Vissak

Candy Crush by Sajid Fakir

Radio City by Scot Newman

"Neon" by elfriede fulda

neon by Tonya Babiarz

Crackle Neon by Spencer J. Elliott

edge neon by justin wolf

Now it is your turn!  Take a night out on the town and don't forget to take your camera.  Capture some colorful examples and bring them back to share!  There are so many more amazing neon photographs to explore within the submission son JPG, so take a peek and collect your favorites, assemble them into a collection that you can share with all of us by posting that collection link to the comments below!

Go get your Glow On!!!

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