The Monday Muse Week 9

26 October 2015

Region: London

The Monday Muse Week 9

Today’s Muse is the first in a series based on colour and this week we’re looking for complementary colours.

For the great photographers who were painters or studied art before turning to photography, colour theory is second nature.  For the rest of us, thankfully, there is the colour wheel, which can be downloaded from the web or purchased in art shops.  We like the cardboard ones that identify the shade, tone and tint of the pure colours and provide an attached wheel, which can be spun around, for easy identification of the different relationships.  Our first colour Muse starts with the easiest relationship – that of complementary colours, which are the opposites on the colour wheel. 

We’re not particularly looking for images using only two colours, but rather those where two complementary colours are predominant.  At this time of year, it shouldn’t be hard to find that popular combo of red and green in the shops or – weather permitting – the natural complements of blue skies and orange-leafed trees.

For examples and inspiration, look no further than Steve McCurry’s work, particularly his posters page and his famous Afghan Girl, which is a wonderful example of red-orange with blue-green.

The Monday Muse is an ongoing initiative.  There are no deadlines and you don’t have to take the photographs in the week that the Muse is set.  Once you’ve set up your album, you can add to it any time.  A list of previous Muses can be found here.


Monday Muse Info

As the inspirational ideas we posted as part of the Bleeding London project proved to be so popular, we’re going to continue the theme with The Monday Muse.  Every Monday, we’ll be posting an inspirational idea for the week, with links to tips and suggestions on how to achieve the best images.  We’ll be featuring our favourites here on the blog and in our monthly eZine Capital Interest.  And just to add a bit of competition, we’ll be running a points league.  There is one point for posting an image and there will be occasional bonus points.  At the end of the year, whoever has the most points will receive a gift voucher to spend in the RPS shop. 

What to do next

Take your image showing two complementary colours.

EITHER upload it to your Monday Muse album in the RPS galleries and send the link to  

OR post the image (or a link to it) to the RPS London group on Facebook

OR tweet it (@ The_RPSLonfon; hashtag #rpsmuse)

OR upload to Instagram (hashtag #rpsmuse)


Small Print

Images must be taken after the topic has been announced.  By submitting to The Monday Muse, you agree that we can use your images on the RPS website and in RPS publications.  Copyright remains with the photographer.  Full accreditation will be given.