#Good Challenge: Temperature Check!

We know that photographs trigger different areas of our brains and can cause anything from yawning when we see other people doing it [source] to itching to even seizures and dizziness (black and white bar patterns). There are also a myriad of positive effects that photographs can have on our wellbeing and mental health which is what we are focusing on in our weekly #Good Challenges.

With the winter in full force in New Zealand and temperatures dropping below zero we thought it would be interesting to see how photographs of something cold (or hot) will make the viewers of our photos feel.

"Ice Bird" by Occasionalclimber

Scientist call this phenomenon ‘temperature contagion’ - There's nothing worse than watching someone plunge into an ice-cold pool. They resurface, shivering, and - despite being pretty cosy yourself - you might begin to shiver too. The same applies to photographs – if you see a photograph of something cold – ice, frost, snow – you imagine how you would feel in the photographer’s position and come to share their feelings. This is called ‘emotional contagion’ and similar to our last week’s theme of ‘textures’, photographs of cold/hot temperatures can trigger the emotional response in the viewer.

"Fire" by Gazza (Gary Reid)

What to photograph is up to you – from early morning frost and frozen flowers to the flames in your fireplace. It doesn’t need to be actually hot – as we know, colours cause a very powerful emotional response so if you photograph sunlit flowers or trees it will most likely remind the viewer of Spring or Summer days and make them feel warmer. Don’t forget to experiment with the steam over your coffee or teacups - you could even add cinnamon sticks or anise stars on the side to add a cosy warm feeling to your photos.

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