Life through a prism

Sunday, November 7, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 6:07 p.m. CDT, Monday, June 23, 2008

The visual spectrum envelops us. Yet as we go about our daily lives, color’s beauty is taken for granted. We often forget to enjoy the colors around us until the autumn leaves remind us with their reds, yellows and browns.

A trite phrase reminds us to “stop and smell the roses.” But perhaps we should be reminded to “stop and experience the colors.” That became the goal of this photographic exercise. The photographers who made these pictures pressed their cameras to their faces to test their ability to see color in a unique and pleasing manner. These photographers were asked to look purposefully through their lenses and capture the colors around them — not simply to photograph the colors, but to use the colors to create a mood or to reveal an interesting aspect of a scene.


The Lee Street Deli, located on East Campus, is a small, quaint diner that offers home-cooked items like the famous LSD cheeseburgers. (ANDREA CHILDRESS/Missourian)


MU students enjoy the warm weather with a hike along the half-mile Devil’s Icebox trail at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park in Columbia.

The 2,273-acre park has 15 miles of diverse trails, a system of caves and an orienteering course. (ASHLEY BRYAN TWIGGS/Missourian)


Jefferson City resident Robert Fischer wanders around the recently abandoned Missouri State Penitentiary when it was open to the public on a Sunday afternoon. “My grandfather was a guard in one of the towers,” he said. (MEGHAN GILLISS/Missourian)


Mike Halvorson, center, and his older sister, Emily, select pumpkins to be carved later in the week at the Winship Farm Stand in Hennepin, Ill. (REBEKAH RALEIGH/Missourian)


In preparation for Halloween, Eric Tumbleson warns the populace against shopping anywhere but “Gotcha!” for costumes. Tumbleson is a volunteer for “Gotcha!” and spends time promoting the store in downtown Columbia. (BEN FREDMAN/Missourian)

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