IN THE FIELD: Candy Color


Recently I was asked why I photograph the places or things I do. I photograph subjects that grab my attention, evoke an emotional response and/or inspire my imagination.

This photo is a classic example of all three. It features a cup full of colorants from a custom color paint mixing machine, after the nozzles have been purged for color purity.

First the vibrant color caught my eye. I liked the random patterns that were formed by the various colors.

Second, looking into the cup and seeing all that color reminded me of when we were kids visiting the boardwalk down at the beach. We used to pop into an arcade where we would squirt different colors of paint onto a card and a machine would spin the card and create wild designs. Cool stuff for a 10 year old.

And don’t ask me why, but I thought this looked like a delicious piece of exotic candy.

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  1. March 31, 2014 at 1:49 am

    Oh my I thought, at first, it was some piece of art…with a bird formed in the upper left. Lol!

    • April 1, 2014 at 4:59 pm

      It’s another one of my hidden talents Lol. And it does resemble an exotic bird from the tropics!

  2. March 31, 2014 at 3:42 am

    How big is this? For me looks like a tiny ‘exotic candy’, less than one inch.

    • April 1, 2014 at 5:00 pm

      Hi Cornel, it’s actually about 3 inches in diameter. We purge the machines into a coffee cup.
      Looks yummy doesn’t it?!

  3. March 31, 2014 at 5:35 am

    I’m sure lots of galleries would accept that as a beautiful piece of art! Lovely photo, David.

    • April 1, 2014 at 5:02 pm

      Hmmmm I wonder if the Louvre would be interested. I could make quite a collage’ since we purge both machines every morning.

  4. March 31, 2014 at 8:39 am

    Very very cool!

    • April 1, 2014 at 5:13 pm

      Thanks Teri, it’s like a vitamin…we get two per day and each one is different!

  5. March 31, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Beautiful! I can imagine the other employees at the hardware store doing a double-take when you take such shots. I remember those arcade color spinners!

    • April 1, 2014 at 5:14 pm

      Yeah…I do get some odd looks and comments. But they all like the photos though. Weren’t those spinner things fun?

  6. March 31, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Thanks for explaining what this is! I like the way the surface tension creates reflections that add a bit of three-dimensionality to the image. And the colors are wonderful – so intense!

    • April 1, 2014 at 5:18 pm

      The pigments are super duper concentrated…which makes if difficult to remove from hands and clothing unless you get water on any spills right away. I’ll be taking some shots of the pigments when they are put into various base paints. That’s when you really get three-dimensionality!

  7. LB
    March 31, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    love the vibrant colors and the way you shared their origin

    • April 1, 2014 at 5:19 pm

      Thanks LB…they sure are vibrant. There’s actually 13 different colors used but some got buried and are not visible in this photo. I’ll keep an eye for the next good batch!

  8. March 31, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    I remember those spinning machines!I like this, it reminds me of a button but regardless, I like the pure intensity of the colours.

    • April 1, 2014 at 5:30 pm

      We used to spend a lot of time at those machines…oh to be young again…I wonder if anyone still has them at county fairs or other venues. Hey…this would make awesome colorful buttons!

  9. Kristina
    April 3, 2014 at 9:45 am

    what a fantastic photo! The colours are amazing 🙂

    • April 5, 2014 at 8:06 am

      Thanks Kristina, the colors sure are vibrant. I’ll have to experiment with the purge process the next morning I have to clean the machines and see what other patterns I can come up with!

  10. April 17, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    Very cool love the color and abstract feel in this !!

    • April 23, 2014 at 8:38 am

      Thanks Bernie, I see a different pattern every morning. I could build up quite a collection of images LOL.

  11. May 5, 2014 at 2:16 am

    Fabulous photo, David! If framed, it would look great on a wall. Absolutely loved the randomness of the colors.

  12. May 5, 2014 at 8:34 am

    Thanks Nandini, never thought of framing this shot….Hmmmm. Probably the hardest thing would be choosing which one since we purge the paint machines every morning and the patterns of color are different everyday. It’s really fun to see what each day brings.

  13. May 6, 2015 at 4:48 am

    Hi dear David, How are you, I missed you and your amazing photographs… I hope and wish you are fine. let us hear you again, Love, nia

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