Violet – I wouldn’t have thought it would be so difficult. By far, this is the most I’ve struggled coming up with photos to suit the theme. My first problem was what colour is violet? I went to several colour charts on the internet to find it ranged from what I would call red to what I would call blue. Wikipedia gives the definition as ” Violet is a bright bluish purple color that takes its name from the violet flower. On the traditional color wheel used by painters, it is located between blue and purple. Violet is at the higher end of the visible spectrum, with a wavelength between approximately 380-450 nanometers. Light with a shorter wavelength than violet but longer than X-rays and gamma rays is called ultraviolet, and is not visible to the human eye.”
So then I researched what the colour violet means and found that in the United States and Europe it is associated with the individualist, ambiguity, the unconventional , the artificial and extravagance. I decided to show extravagance. One site said that the interior of ring boxes were violet due to the extravagance link. Mine are all blue or red. I knew I had some photos of me in violet but they’ve got lost in the archives but some friends were found.
Of course Bishops and higher wear violet in the Roman Catholic Church and in Asia it is a popular colour of dress and used in painting, initially the dye being obtained from a plant root.
In the search for the photo I came across scenes that to me had a violet tinge, shutters that are possibly violet, some church hangings most definitely violet and a bush with violet flowers, some clothing and a dancer’s skirt. I’ve given you the lot and you can decide if you think they are violet or not. I simply don’t know.