Stairs, Oakland, CA, 2004.01.03
Stairs, Oakland, CA, 2004.01.03.
Nikon D100, 17-35mm f/2.8D lens @32mm f/5, aperture priority, no distortion correction.
"Spanish Red, I noted in my diary that night, is usually born between the fog and the frost in places where land is cheap and the prickly pear, on which it is a parasite, grows in abundance on the desert sands. It is a holy blight, a noble rot where the treasure is rubies rather than the gold of dessert wine. It is a deep, intensely colored organic red, but it will never be used for Buddhist robes because there is too much death in it. In the twenty-first century women around the world coat their lips with insect blood, we apparently dab our cheeks with it, and in the United States it is one of few permitted red constituents of eye shadow. 'And finally,' I noted with a happy frisson, 'Cherry Coke is full of it; it is color additive E120.'"

Victoria Finlay, Color: A Natural History of the Palette