Color of Place – And Exploration of Photography, Psychology, and Color

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Does every location have a unique, identifiable color palette that can define it? That was the question I asked myself during my last photography projected where I explored how color affects the process of making a photograph, the photograph itself, as well as how that photograph is interpreted by the viewer. I had the pleasure of sitting down for an interview with my friend Lex van den Berghe to discuss “Color of Place” from concept to fruition, which he has shared here, on the Adobe Blog. Here are three of my favorite images from the series:

Shanghai, July 31-August 3, 2013

Tasmania, August 4-9, 2017

White Sands, April 8-9, 2010

While I found it to be a rewarding project in and of itself, it also reinforced the importance of self-alignments as a way to improve our craft and gain personal insights into our work.

I’ll be posting additional images on my instagram account as well (@jkost).


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Posted on 02-20-2019


  • By Richard Battilana - 12:48 PM on February 22, 2019  


    How did you get the colors of the photos laid out like this.

    Thank you,


  • By John - 6:10 AM on February 24, 2019  

    Color Palettes are indeed the new killer feature in Photography.

    In addition to those you mentioned, I really like a tool created by Nino Batista to analyze and extract color palette from an image in Photoshop – NBP ColourmapX.

    It allows color palette / style transfer between two images.
    Really cool stuff…

  • By Timothy Nelson - 8:43 PM on February 26, 2019  

    It’s interesting to compare your approach and observations regarding photographic color palette and place to those made by watercolor painter Mimi Robinson in her 2015 book Reading Local Color. She collects color palettes characteristic of places around the world, which she makes by mixing watercolors on location and arranging in matrices. Like you, she ponders the experience and memory of place through color palette.

    • By Julieanne Kost - 10:25 AM on March 4, 2019  

      Thank you for the info – I just purchased her book and look forward to reading what she has to say about color! -j