How colours dramatise portraits

Colour can bring portraits alive, drawing your attention to the lighting and composition while adding interest and drama.

Different colours can have different effects on the emotional feel of the image. Advancing colours create an upbeat and more powerful compositional statement, meanwhile blue and the other receding colours tend to create an atmosphere of calm and tranquilly.

The image here of a Berber tribal member uses his orange headdress which contrasts against the blue body garment to create a strong dramatic composition strengthening the story behind the slightly hidden face of the portrait.