What is striking about this photograph is, of course, its bright colours and all the intricate and wonderful patterns. Colours represent one of the elements of photography. They grab your attention and entice your curiousity.
Yellow is the colour of happiness and sunshine. It is cheerful and optimistic. Blue is the colour of the sky and the sea. They are two colours with see a lot in nature that make us happy. Just looking at a photo with bright colours can change your mood.
The patterns here create repetitions which, as we know, are attractive to our brain. Our brain looks for patterns and repetitions in order to recognise things. The patterns are very intricate and some of them are very small. Our eyes keep moving around from one part of the image to another, constantly looking for a place to rest.
First, we try the peacock's body because it is central, the main subject and also the largest mass with no patterns, but its texture is not relaxing enough for our eyes to stay long. So we try the top left corner of the image where there is a larger amount of yellow and softer lines in the ivy. The white patterns at the bottom of the image give us this place of rest as well, but eventually the blue colour gets our eyes back into the peacock's tail.
Overall, this photograph is captivating and very intense by its colours and patterns but its symmetry helps soothing the effect slightly.
The colours, with the added red and green, are very characteristic of children, play and fun. Toys and packaging created for children bare these colours. It is no surprise then to know that the photo above was taken at Tivoli, the famous amusement park in Copenhagen. The pantomime and open-air theatre with its peacock curtain was inaugurated in 1874 with a Chinese style to accommodate ballet, modern dance and pantomimes.
It takes 5 men to operate and unfold the mechanical front curtain shaped in a peacock's tail.