If your searching for inspiration for a set of photographs, choose a colour and go out and take a series of pictures of that colour, it can be similar objects, or totally different subjects, but the linking colour theme means that they can hang together as a panel. As it's the start of a new year, this is a project you could take right through to the end of December or, if you prefer, just take shots as and when you see them to bulk out your colour collection.
Try writing down a colour and then listing as many things as possible that are of that colour. As a suggestion, try some of the following:
Red: Poppies, phone boxes, post boxes, tomatoes, peppers.
Yellow: Melons, bananas, daffodils, buttercups.
Green: Fruit & vegetables, grass, trees.
Other items (cars, doors, cladding on buildings, bottles etc.) come in a huge variety of colours and can be included in any group. There's literally nothing that can't be included.
When you take a single colour as a subject, you need to ensure that the composition, in terms of shapes, textures and lines to counteract the lack of colour range, so look carefully and spend time composing your images. Also try going abstract, perhaps using camera movement to take away "reality" and emphasise the "colour".
I, for example, spent some time at the coast and walking along the seafront, loved the countless different coloured beach huts; but to photograph a mass of different huts and colours wouldn't have given as coherent a set of images. Having wandered up and down the promenade, I decided that blue would be a good choice, as there was plenty of variety, with all blue elements and strong blues set against more neutral tones (white).
While working on the blue huts, I still made a point of photographing other colours, which can go in collections of other colours at another time.
If it's something that appeals to you, try having a number of "colour themes" on the go at once – it's not something that you have to go out and shoot in a day, but can be built up over weeks or months. The results can be a very powerful set (or sets) of images.
Words and images by John Gravett of Lakeland Photographic Holidays.