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.
Header image by @PuckSaucedo.