There’s something amazing about the color red –
Whether it’s red nail polish, fire, the waxy strata of an apple, or blood, the color red evokes in us an anger or aggression; it is a connotation of guilt and passion that dates back centuries ago.
In photography, red is an extremely powerful color. It can tell a story, whether consciously or unconsciously. Photographers often use a single color to show their own personal creative expression and to conjure certain emotions.
Professional fashion and portrait photographer Lindsay Adler’s fashion spread “Red of the Dragon” had that particular theme in mind when shooting for Papercut Magazine’s issue “Rediculous.” Not ironically, 2012 is also the year of the dragon (and next week is Valentines Day) and the color red is an important symbol. The entire magazine features red-clad photos of carmine and crimson-colored boyfriend blazers, steamy backdrops and smeared lipstick.
Nonetheless, Adler’s not new to the color red. Another photo of hers features a model in white garb with vibrant, red hair as the photo’s standout feature. The color red says a lot about her photos: the viewer is fascinated with the model’s milky skin, the leafy landscape and of course the enchanting fashion. The photos allude to lust, love and mystic romanticism. “Red of the Dragon,” as a title, is a perfect pairing.
Using only natural light, a Sunbounce Sun-Swatter for diffusion, and a Sunbounce Pro reflector, she was able to create the photographs. A yellow-leafy background was used as a backdrop (easier to change to red in post-production).