In the world of artistry and art therapy, there is much study of color and it’s visual impact in painting or other mediums of expression. Among the most interesting to me is the concept of complementary colors as shown in the color wheel below.


Complementary Color Wheel

In photography we make use of complementary colors to create more impact and power within an image.

However, there’s a more esoteric field surrounding the theory and study of color that derives from ancient wisdom teachings. I have studied a bit in this area, and find the insights to be fascinating with deep application to the visual, as well as the healing arts.

Photography for me has always been a medium for self-discovery, not just self-expression, and in this sense engaging in image making is a form of personal healing. Making use of the esoteric teachings on the energetics of color can enrich our image-making process and open new doors of discovery, self-expression and healing.

The study of physics tells us that light expresses in a spectrum of frequencies, or vibrations, each having it’s own properties that we perceive as color. To me, its a simple progression to understand that the frequencies or vibratory qualities of different colors would have different energetic properties or effects on the human psyche and even on the physiology.

Remember, there is an intimate connection between Mind, Body & Spirit, so the energetic qualities of light and colors would naturally have an impact on all aspects of who we are as human beings. Many of the healing arts make use of colors of light, even for example with modern cold laser modalities that use different colors of cold laser light for different healing intentions.

So, let’s take a look at some of the ancient wisdom teachings about the energetic properties of color, and their impact on human consciousness. I’ve included my photos as illustrative examples with 6 colors. Read the captions for the colors & related qualities.


RUBY/GOLD: Peace, Balance, Harmony


BLUE: Divine Will, Protection, Power, Initiative & Clarity


YELLOW: Intelligence, Discernment, Wisdom, Illumination & Perception


GREEN: Healing, Concentration & Truth


ROSE/PINK: Divine Love, Tolerance, Gratitude, Happiness & Joy


VIOLET: Forgiveness, Service, Culture, Refinement & Diplomacy

Perhaps we can explore this model with our color photography and see if the images we create might elicit viewer responses that on a very subtle level, generate the associated qualities in our emotions or awareness?