This week, we focused on photography and we were tasked with completing 10 stars worth of visual assignments. One of the assignments I chose to do was “Splash the Color.” The complete assignment was:
“Color splash is a technique to emphasize details- you remove all color from a photo, and then restore original color to a single object, e.g. a green apple on a table. Think of the Girl in the red dress from Schindler’s List.
You can do this in a number of ways with photo editing software or using mobile apps. The answer lies in the Google.”
I chose to color splash a photo that I took in London ages ago, but have always loved.
I chose to take on this assignment because it sparked a bit of nostalgia in me in a couple of ways.
The words “color splash” immediately took me right back to 2012-2013, when I and just about everyone else on Instagram was obsessed with color splashing photos. Coincidentally, I took this photo in 2013, which is why I immediately thought of it when I saw the words “color splash.” I had also color splashed another umbrella photo I took in London, which I have quite a few of because it’s, y’know, London. I didn’t want to use that photo though because I wanted to actively color splash something again as it’s been YEARS since I’ve done it. I also chose this photo over the other one because I just like it more; I much prefer the color of the umbrella in this photo over that in the other photo (pink), and I also took this one outside of my absolute favorite museum, The Victoria and Albert Museum.
The process of making this photo was quite simple. I used the app Photo Splash on my phone. Once you upload to the app, the app automatically turns the entire photo black and white, and then you color the part of the photo you want to be in color just like you would color non-digitally in a coloring book. That’s it, really. The part of this assignment that took the longest was getting lost in my London photos while I was looking for the photo I chose to color splash.