Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Big Yellow Cab

This is taken from the location of the subject in the photo below. It's just beside the bank and across from the pub, because it's a beer delivery truck - or lorry. The vivid yellow in the sunlight was unmissable and the flare is genuine. This again lacks any Photoshop interference and it's pretty much exactly as it looked this morning. Yellow is a fabulous colour but has ambivalent symbolic meaning. Hot, burning, almost violent in its intensity it pushes you backward like the glare of the sun. The quest for gold however makes yellow a little problematic with its implications of worldly wealth and greed. For gold's earthiness (the yellow springs of the earth or Satan's sulphurousness) stands counter-opposed to its sunny heavenly nature. But this colour on an automobile always reminds me of that Joni Mitchell song about paving paradise and putting up a parking lot (don't it always seem to go/that you don't know what you've got 'til its gone). Maybe that's somehting to do with yellow's ambivelance seeping through from the collective unconscious?