EYE CATCHES: Travel – Blue in Peru

Village House in Peru

Village House in Peru

Every place has a color identity derived from its natural and built environments.  Be conscious of this when you reach your next destination, as I believe that it’s easiest to perceive and discern color identity in the first moments of arrival when the surroundings are newest to the eyes and the senses.

Last year during a family trip to the Peruvian Amazon, I was struck by the colors that stood in contrast to the extravagant greenery that everyone associates with the region.  The Amazonian jungle offers up every shade of green you can imagine.  The lushness is tangible and, at times, overwhelming because color and moisture are inextricably bound together here–the green is in the air around you and a part of everything you touch.  The contrast came from the built environment, small houses thatched with palm built on stilts to withstand rain and high water.  Both the open-air and the walled versions blend into their surroundings on the river banks.  Only in the villages, set back farther from the river, do you find man-made color:  painted walls, doors, and shutters as an expression of individual taste.  The most memorable for me were the deep, rich shades of blue-green, colors just as saturated as the fields and forests that surround them, yet clearly set apart from nature.  Their owners had made statements of differentiation that were lively, personal, and artistic.  A very human instinct and a universal one, at that.  As proof of this point, I couldn’t resist including this counterpart from New Orleans.  Almost the exact colors but with the addition of purple, New Orleans’ favorite color!

Indigenous Housing on Amazon River in Peru and Village Houses

Indigenous Housing on Amazon River in Peru and Village Houses

Houses in Village along Amazon in Peru

Houses in Village along Amazon in Peru

New Orleans House Painted in Similar Colors

New Orleans House Painted in Similar Colors

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