A Dose of Uplifting Color for Blue Monday

By xavier - 6 min read

Cheer up this winter with photos that show the best side of blue.

The 16th of January is Blue Monday, a recently-invented holiday to mark the saddest day of the year on the Northern hemisphere. Blue Monday takes place in the very depth of winter, when the days are short, the winds cold, and the streets frozen over.

The (questionable) formula to calculate the date for Blue Monday takes into consideration how many days have passed since Christmas as well as that most of us have already given up on our New Year’s resolutions. Sounds depressing? Fret not, we’re here to show you a way out of the darkness.

We believe that blue has an undeservedly bad reputation: Using it as a synonym for sad negates all that’s beautiful about the color, particularly in photography. Some of the nicest shots can be taken during the ‘blue hour’, right after sunset. And blue also happens to be one of the most calming colors of the spectrum.

So rather than succumbing to sadness on Blue Monday, we’ve put together a collection of photos from EyeEm guaranteed to cheer you up. These pictures show the calmness and serenity of the color, ranging from rich indigo to soft aquamarine. And they’re a great reminder that feeling blue can mean whatever you want it to mean.

High angle view of puppy sleeping on bed
Low angle view of closed parasol against clear blue sky
Low angle view of clock against blue background
Cropped image of hand with love tattoo on fingers
Trawler moored by piers over sea against cloudy sky
Rear view of silhouette couple holding hands against clear blue sky
Cropped hand with patterned food against blue background
Low section of woman standing by heart shape drawn on footpath
Mother with children watching killer whale swimming in fish tank at aquarium
Low angle view of couple romancing against blue wall
Portrait of a  three young girlfriends
Men standing by stone wall and looking at heart shaped balloons with message
Silhouette of mountain against cloudy sky
Low angle view of modern building
Side view of cat looking up while relaxing on bed
Rear view of sensuous woman on bed
Silhouette of buildings at sunset
"die of love' written sprayed on wall

Header image by @PuckSaucedo.

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