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As a very young child I had, like many other children, an imaginary friend. I remember very little of this, save for one instance and one fact: he had a red coat. The image of his coat has stayed in my mind always and was brought to the fore recently when studying symbolism in cinema. The colour red in cinema has always had connotations of danger and has been used to draw attention to pivotal instances and characters. Uses in Schindlers List, Dont Look Now and The Sixth Sense highlight the psychological effects the colour has on our psyche and perception. The red coat has intrigued me in this sense. It has always been a symbol of comfort for me, following the theory that imaginary friends act as guardians or tuetelaries for children and in some way help them to make sense of the adult world.

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  • Colleen Milburn
    Colleen Milburnover 1 year ago

    Wonderful work and I love your story, David. I had an imaginary friend called ‘Mooby’, though I don’t recall him wearing read. Were you the eldest child, too?

  • Thank you, Colleen. I am the eldest yes. I believe it is a common traitine was called Henry. Heaven knows why!!

    – David Mowbray

  • jainiemac
    jainiemacover 1 year ago

    this is an interesting subject and the colour red so true )(my favourite colour:))

    beautiful work David

  • Thank you os much, Jane. It is a subject of personal interest to me. Im glad you like the piece and am thankful for such great support from a great group.

    – David Mowbray

  • Jak Savage (aka Unbeknown)
    Jak Savage (ak...over 1 year ago

    Phenomenal Work David, sumptuously rich in colour and speaks a thousand words. LOVE it, for its simplicity and concept. STUNNING work that unravels imagination. :)

  • Thank you so much, I really appreciate your great comment.

    – David Mowbray

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