Kiss Me Red

Bloodied Readhead Mime
cc licensed flickr photo shared by poolski

A hint of red lipstick on a pair of beautiful lips. A strong light that casts soft shadows on the face, and makes the skin glow. I believe in the world of computer graphics they call it Sub Surface Scattering. I call it beatiful. Sometimes it’s nice to see a detail like this almost without context or environment. It reminds us of how much we stop seeing out of habit.

Red Signal Behind Wet Glass

Red Signal Behind Wet Glass
cc licensed flickr photo shared by paulozapella.com

The dancing colours of a traffic signal behind a rain-drenched windscreen is a beautiful sight. A driving hazzard, certainly, but still a vision to behold. This almost abstract image captures it perfectly, and the classic green to contrast with the red light makes the image more stunning and attention grabbing. Nice.

Grease Red Dashboard

Grease Red Dashboard
cc licensed flickr photo shared by (k.)

The amount of red wood, red leather, and red metal in this image is almost pornographic. But what a way to use it! Classic cars are a joy, and when a classic car is finished to this level of beauty, red or no red, you have to appreciate a thing of beauty and exquisite engineering. Steering wheels and dashboards are much ignored parts of car imagery, but some of them do deserve plenty of your attention. And I’m not even a car nut.

Pocahontas-esque Red Book Cover

Pocahontas-esque Red Book Cover
cc licensed flickr photo shared by quinn.anya

Black, white and red, a classic colour combination are used to great effect on this graphic book cover. The old-style fabric hard cover of this foreign language book uses simple line drawings to create a beautifully evocative front. I have no idea what this book is about, but you do get a feeling for it, and you want to answer its siren call and read it. What more can you ask for?

Falling Hearts

Falling Hearts
cc licensed flickr photo shared by irisb477

Back in the days of film photography, the effect in this photograph of having an image or object repeated many times (the red heart here) in transparent droplets against a colourful background, was much in vogue. It was often the example demonstrated in chapters about special effects phtography. It was fairly simple to achieve what was a stunning result. Today, startling images are a dime a dozen thanks to photo-manipulation on computers, but old school effects such as this still have a charm of their own.

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