Fact is we are nothing but brains absorbing the necessary information around, which is needed to survive. Did you know that something as fundamental as colors are as much a cultural phenomenon as everything else?
In this mind-boggling video, the channel Vsauce2 digs into the invention and story of the color blue. It is easy to assume we already knew or talked about blue since the beginning of time. After all, there are plenty of blue things in nature. Animals, flowers, eyes, water, and even the sky all shows the color blue from time to time. However, what if I told you the sky was once green? Throughout history and relative to the given culture the use, need and thereby the perception of color have changed drastically. In some cultures, there are even several names for what we in the west would just categorize as blue.
With a master in educational philosophy, suffering from mild deuteranopia, one of my biggest interests is human perception. How do we as humans sense and interpret the world around us. What is down to our genes and what is shaped through culture? Can you even make such a distinction?
Whether we consider our photography artistic or artisan color is a basic part of our work and something we are forced to deal with. However, when we decide to color grade our photography or video it can be perceived completely different relative to both individuals and culture.
Check out the video and let me hear your thoughts.