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The Colour White

In Western society, the colour white is usually synonymous with ultimately positive connotations, such as purity, peace, and holiness. However, in Eastern and Asian cultures, white is attached to negative associations, including death, mourning, and loss. In the Middle East, both purity and mourning as bonded to white. In Iran, this expands to include holiness and peace, and in Egypt, white signifies someone’s high ranking status and power. Also, the universal symbol for truce is the white flag, meaning that, in this one instance, there is ultimate positivity surrounding the colour. There are also strong religious associations with the colour white depicted through symbols of purity, innocence, and virginity – evoking a majestic and angelic feeling, white is attached to some incredibly powerful emotions. The aesthetic created by the colour white, is linked to that of a clinical environment and sterility. I find that often, completely white spaces, work to evoke contrasting feelings of a type of vastness and sense of entrapment simultaneously.  Realising the significance of the colour white and the strong symbolism it represents in the Guilty Remnant in the TV show, ‘The Leftovers’, it is very important that I harness this element in my film visually, in both the locations I choose as well as the styling. The fact that the slightest imperfection can be seen with immense clarity against the colour white also holds great symbiosis with my focus on the truth, transparency, and reliability surrounding our government and the media.

 

Natasha Perkin

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