White is cooler than blue

Marjolein Katsma

Groningen, Netherlands

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Share this page Photograph © 2009 Marjolein Katsma | Text © 2012 Marjolein Katsma


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window, open window, window frame, grid, curtain, paint, white, blue, light blue, peeling, shade, sun, glare, shop, hole in the wall, bukhara, buchara, buxoro, uzbekistan


Once upon a time the whole window frame was blue – light blue – a color seen more often on and around windows to provide some coolness: it reflects a lot of sunlight (by being light) and conveys the idea of coolness (by being blue). Both are important in a city like Bukhara, in the middle of a desert, where temperatures can soar well above 40°C in summer.

This shot was taken in the spring, but it got quite hot already, so the window is opened to catch whatever light breeze there is, the curtain closed for some shade inside and privacy. And on the part of window frame revealed by the open windows the light blue is still there (on the grid, too), but the rest was repainted in white (which gives less of an idea of coolness but provides more of it). Thanks to the harsh sunshine the white paint is already peeling to reveal the light blue underneath.

In spite of the peeling paint and thanks to the nice grid and flowery curtain behind it, I thought it all looked very neat.

Shot in Bukhara, 2009
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1
 

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