Intense colour: some portraits and abstracts

A few days ago I went to the Afro Cuban Music night run by Bombo Productions which was preceded by a dance class given by Cuban dancer Miguel Gonzalez. Here’s a picture I took of Miguel that night:

The Afro Cuban music night is a monthly event, below are a two more portraits taken in recent sessions. Firstly, a photo of musician Lizzie Leonard:

And Richard Sweet playing Batà drum:

I started thinking about photos I’d taken that reminded me of sections of a colour wheel, here’s one I took of a woman studying a Sonia Delaunay painting and whose coat echoed the vibrant hues of the artwork:

And one from back in 2013 taken during celebrations for the Sikh festival of Vaisakhi in London’s Trafalgar Square:

Here’s one from the other day, snapped on my phone in Selfridges Department store. I like the contrast between the glowing rainbow shades and the woman’s chic yet austere neutrals:

The image below was taken at the top of Coit Tower in San Francisco. Rainbow flags, the symbol of LGBTQ Pride, are a common site in San Francisco.  Even some of the pavements in the Castro district have linear rainbow markings. I thought this was a different take on the representation of a rainbow, and I especially like the patch of green in the guy’s hair:

Pavement detail, The Castro, San Francisco:

And a couple of colourful street abstracts that share common elements of stickers and graffiti, also from New York:


And finally, a cubist-style abstract with a play on the gaze featuring the reflection of a New York store worker and geometric orange decor:

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