PASTEL SUNRISE-SUNSET Image Art & Fine Art Photography by JO-ANN TOMASELLI
Why is it that humankind, almost universally, is infatuated with the luminosity, hue, tint and intensity of sunrise and sunsets?
Possibly it’s because the sunrise brings us hope of a new beginning while sunset signals the termination of a day well lived. It’s more likely however that our love of the golden hour is because the colors, produced by atmospheric conditions at the beginning and end of the day, affect us deeply on emotional and psychological levels.
It’s a known fact that color sways perception, judgment and behavior and has the psychological power to influence emotion.
Each hue has a different effect on our body’s nervous system and though we say we have likes & dislikes of certain color pallets, our collective subconscious reactions to color are surprisingly similar.
Carl Jung, in his writings on the collective unconscious explains it in this way “….in addition to our immediate consciousness, which is of a thoroughly personal nature…..there exists a second psychic system of a collective, universal, and impersonal nature which is identical in all individuals….”
So the next time you have the pleasure to witness an awesome golden hour, keep in mind that you, and all those who are seeing the same dawn or dusk, are partaking of a truly universal experience!
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