What is a Colourwalk? How to take your travel photography to the next level

Going on a Colourwalk reveals details of your neighbourhood you’ve never seen before and takes your travel photography from snaps to series. Here’s how to start a Colourwalk of your own.

Victorian shops Balmain Colourwalk

The concept of a Colourwalk is simple and the beauty is in the simplicity. With camera in hand, all you need to do is walk outside and look for a colour.

Capture photos of that colour as you go and it becomes the thread that connects your images throughout your travels.

This creative practice is also an incredible mindfulness tool. It keeps you in the present and helps you to train your focus during everyday activities.

While we use colour walks as a photography tool; friends have also reported it’s a brilliant game for kids too. They use the colour search to keep little ones interested during long walks.

So maybe we’re just big kids after all.

Balmain terraces - Colourwalk

How to create your own Colourwalk:

  1. Take your camera or phone
  2. Walk outside
  3. Choose a colour
  4. See where the adventure takes you!

A colour walk is the perfect activity for when you’re not feeling particularly creative too. It takes the stress out of coming up with a photography series idea and lets your eye wander.

Balmain cottage - Colourwalk

Red Victorian ironwork - Colourwalk

How to choose a colour for your Colourwalk

There are so many ways to choose your Colourwalk focus:

  • Pick your favourite colour
  • Pick the brightest colour you can see
  • Pick the most obvious colour
  • Pick something rare
  • Let your location show you what the most popular local colour is

You see, the colour isn’t what’s important.

Paint details - Colourwalk

What matters is that you switch your focus from the surface-level things you can see and look for the invisible colour threads that are woven through your location.

Even rare colours can prove popular once you’re tuned into them.

It’s also ok to spot multiple colours on your walk. Make it a rainbow Colourwalk. Or you can look for one and your friend can look for something different.

The real joy is in seeing something you’ve never seen before.

Balmain red front door - Colourwalk

Even if it’s an area you’ve been to before, switching your focus on a colour walk makes you notice things you’ve overlooked in the past.

Colourwalks and travel photography

Balmain shops - Colourwalk

For your travel photography, this means you can effortlessly create a series with the colour connecting your images.

Or maybe the colour of a certain object catches your focus. My love of doors is no secret and photographing the same thing makes for a beautiful photography series too.

And even when you’re travelling in your own backyard, you will see new details in your neighbourhood streets that you’ve never noticed before. It’s this mindfulness element that elevates a colour walk from a regular activity to a creative outlet.

Everyone is creative and choosing a Colourwalk is a great way to build your creative muscle. Even in a modern neighbourhood, looking for black or white can train your eye to notice the beauty in the details.

And a colour walk is not just limited to architecture.

Balmain alleys - Colourwalk

The clothing on the people you see and the nature around you can add into your photographic series.

To really see the full impact of your colour walk, edit your images into a video or collate them into a gallery or a folder on your phone so you can see the colour thread that links them together.

Googly eyes front door in Rozelle - Colourwalk

What city would you like to go on a Colourwalk in?

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