Mime makeup in progress

Mime makeup in progress
Potatojunkie / CC BY-NC-ND

In its basic form I’m sure the idea of mimes has existed since ancient times, an iconic silent performer who says a lot about the human condition. In modern form, mimes have narrowed down to a very specific performance style and a recognisable look. Love them or hate them, mimes have a very strong, distinct look which is contributed to in no small part by the accents of red they include in their elaborate make-up, a spot here, a tear there, a pair of red lips.

Once the make-up and costume is completely applied, the mime is nearly anonymous by design, an every-person, so it’s interesting to see this shot of the transformation from human being to performing symbol in this shot. The girl with the red lips and the mostly done mime make-up is touching up her dark eye lining, and you know she’s preparing to become the creature she is to be.

Red chandelier over a minimal dining table

Red chandelier over a minimal dining table
coco+kelley / CC BY-NC

I love modern, minimal interior design with classical trims and motifs. This dining room with wood panel flooring and very traditional wooden doors is the perfect example, with it’s sleek dinning table to offset it’s classical influences. The absolute cherry on top is the striking red chandelier hanging over the table. I assume it’s red plastic, or metal painted red for the main structure of it. Combining that with many hanging threads or chains, gives the chandelier the appearance of giant red tassels. It is quite the striking conversation piece and visual accent to the room.

At night, when the the red chandelier is lit, I’d like to see how much the nature of the room changes. I assume red will go from accent to major colour theme as the reflected red light fills the white walls and the already warm wooden flooring. A great use of red lighting fixtures.

Stack of red cushion covers

Stack of red cushion covers
louisemakesstuff / CC BY-NC-SA

With dark woods and brick, red tones are already quite easy to come buy in home interiors, but with the Christmasy look increasingly used across seasons, a few red accents in the home can rarely be misplaced. There’s the old stereotype of women wanting to deck a home and every available seating area with inexplicable cushions and I have to admit it’s probably true. Just seeing this picture of a stack of cushions with a dual coloured cover, the bottom side red and the top a white and black plant pattern, makes me want to go out and buy more cushions. I don’t know where I’d put them, having only one couch that’s already inundated by cushions and a red throw, but damn-it, I’ll find a way. Surely, if cushions are worth it, and red covered ones more so, ones with red under covers like Louboutin shoes are an essential human need.

Girl in red belt sitting on a railway track

Girl in red belt and blue skirt sitting on a railway track
The Million Dollar Project / CC BY-NC-ND

A red accent does wonders to an ensemble. Fashion accessories are often good carriers of accent colours and this photograph of a model sitting on railway tracks is a great example. The cool colours of her deep blue skirt and her white and grey blouse are well offset by the red in her lips and the striking red of her thin belt. Adding to it is the red belt itself which is slender rather than broad and works beautifully with the patterned blouse by being a braided rope belt; Two textures in an otherwise flat coloured look. A good use of contrasts.

Beyond the fashions and red accessories, I do love this photograph purely as an image. It has a simple openness to it that makes you want to keep looking. The model is inviting and the scene seems to lead you into the distance on journeys and adventures beyond this lovely green place.