The medium of photography demonstrates the fact that light itself is not visible until it reveals something. That something can be defined as matter that takes up space. The appearance of this matter depends in part upon the variables contained in the quality of the light source. Other factors, such as timing, composition, etc., are definitive in our perception of this mutually dependent relationship between light and matter.
With regard to the choice and presentation of a color palette in any work of art, the selection conveys the artist’s own distinctive emotional message to the viewer. In turn, the response to the colors in a work of art will vary from one person to the next, and even from one day to another with the same individual.
Preferences are based on overall impressions and sensations, and on a wide range of emotions including those derived from exposure to the color itself, almost regardless of the content. In this sense, it differs from works conveyed in black and white and grey tones, which could be said to consist of a distillation of the subject matter at hand. Color, by itself, may add an element to the work, creating its own mood and producing feelings that do not necessarily derive from the inherent form or substance. That said, it is a tool that can serve to alter or enhance the shapes and styles that the light reveals.