Secondary colors; Most may not understand what secondary colors are or that they even have a name. These colors are the result of mixing two primary colors together.
What I want to understand is how these things are visible to the human eye. I’ve always been a curious person, so looking into it I found some fascinating details that have changed the way I see the world but also made me realize I basically know NOTHING. I knew a little bit about the spectrum of light from learning about it as a kid, but I really didn’t retain much of that information. The biggest thing I remember is the refraction of light from those little experiments where light shines through a prism and shines a rainbow on the wall. But there’s so much more.
-Secondary Succession: Viridis 495-570-
Viridis is Latin for green. In the visible spectrum, green has a wavelength of roughly 495-570 nanometers. The visible spectrum is the portion of the electromagnetic spectrum that is visible to the human eye and most colors have a general wavelength that they occupy. These wavelengths are mixtures of light that evoke an identical perception of hue in the human eye. This light reflecting off of the surface of an object mixed with each individuals eyes and brain characteristics allows us to see color. But because of these details, we all see color differently.
Some people are completely unable to perceive the wavelength of green light. Deuteranopia, or green color blindness, affects approximately 1 in 12 men and 1 in 200 women in the world. People with this form of color blindness see mostly yellows, mid-pinks and browns, and shades of grey and lilac.
-Secondary Succession: Porphura-
Porphura is Greek for purple. Purple is one of the colors that doesn’t have its own wavelength and exists as a combination. From what I’ve found, purples are one of the most confusing areas to understand in the spectrum of light. I have to admit a little bit of defeat on this one. There’s really no way for me to explain it without several graphs and a damn PowerPoint presentation that still wouldn’t help. But hey, what is life without a little mystery? On to the next.
-Secondary Succession: ġeolurēad-
ġeolurēad is the Old English word for yellow-red. This word came before the “English speaking” world was exposed the Orange fruit. Orange occupies a wavelength of 585-620 nanometers.
Because of it’s longer wavelength, orange light is actually beneficial to cognitive brain function. Being exposed to orange light causes melanopsin, a type of photopigment in the eye, to send signals to the brain that actually make it easier to wake up and improves alertness throughout the day. Using this kind of light therapy can be very beneficial and useful in the winter months to combat seasonal depression.
This particular blog topic was definitively a challenge for me but I’m glad I completed it. Next blog will be split into two sections and be covering Tertiary colors, the remaining 6 colors of the basic color wheel, and how they effect the human psyche.
Please let me know your thoughts on this blog and I hope you like the next one!
“There are two ways of spreading light:
to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”