One of Chigaco-based professional photographer Paul Octavious’s many photo projects was to hold a small Pantone color-matching system postcard in front of his camera and take a random snapshot to try to match one of the hundreds of Pantone colors with real life city landscapes. Some of his photos from his Instagram series are below.
Pantone Inc. is the global authority of color used by industries, designers, and artists for standardized color reproduction. Inspired by the very talented Paul Octavious, I purchased my own set of 100 Pantone color cards earlier this year to set out and give it a try with my own camera. My Pantone project goal was to do a rural twist on it and do the exact opposite of city landscapes by using objects and landscapes found near my home in Idaho. Finding nearly exact color matches has been a lot harder than I thought it would be. I’ve got a whole new appreciation of color, and now look at all colors in a whole new light. The following photographs are what I’ve come up with so far and I’ll try to keep adding more later.
Idaho Pantone Project
Matching colors is hard. The colors seemed fine until they were uploaded to iPhoto. Below is one of my many reject photos.