Complementary Color

Complementary Color, Photo by Roger Vincent Jasaitis, Copyright 2013

I was thinking about complementary color this week, with the foliage changing into brilliant hues, and how the colors play off of one another to create vibrant scenes. This is a well-known effect of optics that has been exploited by artists since the time of Aristotle.

It struck me that in this theory the complementary colors are exactly opposite to each other on the color wheel and make the strongest contrast when placed next to one another.  When you look at the definition of complementary (Combining in such a way as to enhance or emphasize the qualities of each other or another.) I thought, the color theory is so different from the reality of human relations.

How often do people think that the opposite viewpoint from theirs, whether it be in politics, religion, etc., would enhance their opinion in any way? How different the world would be if people embraced this diversity instead of trying to make everyone think just like themselves.

I can dream….