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Weekend Colour Palette | Yellow

I love a muted palette as much as the next person, but I also adore C O L O U R. When I first became consumed by photography as a teenager, my Flickr feed was dominated by hyper-saturated self-portraits and technicolour books stacked against my family’s pink-walled living room. It was a far cry from the minimalist white walls and understated pastels that seem to be the trend du jour across the interwebs today.

These have their place I live in a rented flat surrounded by white walls and I appreciate the calm and stillness they exude, and the blank canvas they offer. But I still love colour, especially out and about in this multicultural city of ours. It’s an instant mood-brightener; speaks of life, joy, variety. So this weekend I decided to start a small, creative, personal project – each weekend, one colour, a set of photos. (And hopefully, a little photo essay every Sunday. Hold me to it.)

I chose Y E L L O W to begin with: the colour of warmth, joy, sunflowers, daffodils, canaries, mustard, the Tour de France. Snapping as I went about my daily life in London this weekend, I found myself feeling joyful, seized by the shade’s infectious spirit. I started spotting it on every corner, in quiet spots I’d never paid attention to before. I found it in the most unlikely of spaces, so that Saturday evening found me crouching in the undergrowth of a suburban tube station attempting to capture a clutch of golden roses, stopping to admire the lemons laid outside the corner shop and suddenly finding inspiration in commonplace road markings and street signs.

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It’s only a weekend old and I already love this project: for making me stop and notice things I otherwise wouldn’t, for allowing me to see my fractious hometown anew. It focused my attention and my camera in such a satisfying and light-hearted way. London in yellow, above. Join me, perhaps? (And ideas for catchier project names very welcome!)

Taking suggestions for next weekend’s colour, pronto… Pink…?

(photos) on Canon 6D + 40mm 2.8 | London

  • Yellow is definitely such a joyous colour. I am loving this set of photos and can’t wait to see your next set! I am definitely tempted to join this challenge!

    nat // dignifiable

    • I know, right? So happy-making. Ooh, I’d love it if you did! I might start a hashtag but I need a catchy name….! x

      • Well my creative juices are not flowing (and rarely are…) so unfortunately cannot help you on that front 🙁

        What colour will you be selecting for this weekend 🙂

        • Hehe, mine neither… I think pink!!

  • Always love your shots. The idea of this set is just really nice, you got to look into things more deeply and detailed through this idea. Sometimes most of us often forget even the very corner of our street could bring us such a joy.

    • Thanks Nerissa, that’s so nice of you to say! I’m on a big push to practise and improve and just think outside the box creatively – glad you enjoyed! x

  • this is such a wonderful idea! i love the variety in the shots, tones–yellow a thousand different ways

    • Thanks Shannon! The hashtag for blogs/social media is going to be #weekendcolourpalette if you’d like to join. We’d love to have you!

  • I love this project! Focusing on one color forces you to see the world in a different way, to notice things you never noticed before. It’s beautiful, and I can’t wait to see your upcoming color choices!

    • Thank you! If you fancy joining in, the hashtag is #weekendcolourpalette 🙂

  • Lulu I absolutely LOVE this idea! I am totally up for joining in with it too! Your photos are always so so beautiful and creative 🙂 You should definitely start a hashtag, maybe something like #colourthroughmylens? I don’t know, i’m not very creative at thinking up catchy hashtags haha!

    • Amy, I just saw your comment! Thank you <3 I'd so love for you to join in! I've gone with #weekendcolourpalette (I also thought about #myweekendcolourpalette but it's a bit long – I wish I'd seen your suggestion before because I love it! Might just use that one too 😉

  • I love this photography challenge so much!! It’s creatively stimulating, which I appreciate very much. Yellow is a great colour to kick off with for the summer 😀 -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    • Thanks Audrey, you’re always so lovely <3 xx

  • Beautiful shots and words Lulu – so inspired by how you identify these creative projects! I found myself mesmerised by a man pouring yellow paint on to the road to form parking lines the other day. It’s an amazing colour! xx

    Tamsin | A Certain Adventure