Rainbow Explorations: Red

Recently I was in my local book store and came across a Lonely Planet book titled Travel by Colour. Essentially it showcased the world through a colour gradient. As I was flipping through the book it got me thinking about the photos I take while out on adventures or when I’m travelling and it was this thought that inspired this post.

I live in the red centre, so it only makes sense that a large portion of my photographs are shades of red. Red its a very strong colour and is often associated with anger, love and passion.

Sunrise from Kata Tjuta looking towards Uluru (2020).
One of the iconic London telephone boxes. It’s not a trip to the UK without a mandatory pic of one of these.

In my mind, I see all of my passionate memories in bright, burning Red.

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Soviet War Memorial in Berlin Tiergarten, Germany (2019).

The Soviets built this to commemorate the 80,000 Soviet soldiers who died during the battle of Berlin in April and May of 1945. The bodies of those who died lie underneath the memorial.

Interestingly, the memorial lies in Western Berlin, and it’s construction was actually supported by the allies despite the tensions that existed between the USSR and the USA at the time.

The memorial is controversial however, because the advancement of the Red Army in Berlin was accompanied by the mass rapes of women. Historians estimate that around 100,000 women were raped during this time. These actions have been surrounded  by silence over the decades since we don’t like to think of the victors of WWII as being evil or capable of doing evil things.

Views of Mt Gillen at Parrtjima Australia (2019).
Taken in Sydney in 2013. I don’t really remember what this was for. There was a giant Chinese dragon so perhaps it was a Chinese New Year celebration? Either way, after we stumbled into this festival we had a good time.
White water rafting in Bali (2020)

I genuinely wasn’t expecting to be able to include a photo from Bali in this collection, but surprise!

Straight up, rafting is a strong word to describe what we did on this adventure. A more accurate term would be shuffling given how low the water levels were at this time of the year. Either way, we had a great time, and in this photo, I think red symbolises the laughter we expressed.

The most amazing thing about this photo is the lack of people in it. I took this photo in 2020 during the lockdowns just after Uluru lifted it’s strict lockdown to allow Northern Territorians to visit. On this particular morning, my friend and I had the sunrise lookout to ourselves.

Marigolds in my veggie garden (2022).
Numbia, Egypt (2018).

I know this is not strictly red, but I think it fits. This was the camel I rode on the edge of the Sahara Desert while I was in Egypt.

John Hayes Rockhole (2022). This is another place that we got to have completely to ourselves. This is just one of the positive pay off’s of the lockdowns and getting up extra early.
Eroded sandstone at Rainbow Valley (2020).

Rainbow Valley has a history of supporting Aboriginal life and culture dating back 30,000 years ago. It is a place of bush tucker and healing.

I first visited this special place in 2020 and returned in 2022, both during times when I felt emotionally and physically exhausted. It filled my cup.

As I slowly transition into orange, I think this is the best place to stop.

What colour should I do next?

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