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© Sonia Adam Murray
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UploadedDecember 1, 2012
TakenMay 19, 2012
MakeCanon
ModelCanon PowerShot G10
Exposure1/80 sec at f/4
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length6.1 mm
ISO80
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YELLOW AROUND THE GLOBE

In Chinese culture, colors corresponded with the five primary elements, the directions, and the four seasons. Yellow was associated with earth and the center (in relation to direction).

The Chinese have placed a predominance upon the color yellow not seen elsewhere in the world. It was the color of emperors during both the Ming dynasty and the Qing dynasty.

Huangdi, also known as the Yellow Emperor, is thought to be the founder of Chinese civilization, due to the tremendous amount of inventions that took place during his reign.

In India, yellow is the color of the Vaisya caste, or farmers, and is the color Hindus wear to celebrate the Festival of Spring.

During the tenth century in France, the doors of traitors and criminals were painted yellow.

In the United States, taxi cabs and school buses are associated with the color yellow.

During the 1357 Japanese "War of Dynasty," warriors wore a yellow chrysanthemum as a pledge of courage.

Jews wore yellow armbands in Nazi concentration camps.

In Aztec culture, yellow symbolized food because it was the colur of corn, the primary food of the Aztec people.

Yellow signifies “sadness” in Greece’s culture and “jealousy” in France’s culture.

Kate Smith, CMG, CfYH

With special thanks to Roxana Brivent-Barnes for her kind and generous spotlight!!!

10 responses

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) said (1 Dec 2012):

    Terrific, Sonia! So painterly!

  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes   said (1 Dec 2012):

    Simply beautiful!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (1 Dec 2012):

    Interesting narrative of yellow and the image is intriguing also..I can see a face in it.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (2 Dec 2012):

    awesome shot! so interesting to see the value and interpretations of color in various cultures!

  • Susan B. Griffith

    Susan B. Griffith   said (2 Dec 2012):

    Interesting explanation and image.

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey   gave props (2 Dec 2012):

    This 'color series' is outstanding!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes   gave props (2 Dec 2012):

    Fascinating, the image and the narrative. Hope you continue this incredible series and develop it into a photo essay.

  • James Wiley

    James Wiley gave props (2 Dec 2012):

    Thanks for the story...Love the highlights!

  • Evelyne Schulte

    Evelyne Schulte   gave props (2 Dec 2012):

    Beautiful image and thank you for interesting story!

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (2 Dec 2012):

    like you captured an alien peeking into your back window

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