Are Black and White Colors?

Peter Anierobi Written by Peter · 1 min read >

“Are black and white colors?” is very contentious and one of the most discussed color-related topics. If you ask a physicist, they will respond that black is not a color, but white is. Another answer is “Black is a color; white is not a color,” which you’ll hear if you ask an artist or a child with crayons. (Maybe!)

What exactly is color?

According to scientific theory, color is a manifestation of light. Color is the result of a combination of a material’s absorption and reflection of different wavelengths of visible light.

You perceive blue because a blue flower only reflects and scatters back to us the blue light that hits it while soaking up the rest of the spectrum. When nearly all light is reflected, you see white. Blackness occurs when no light is reflected.

Many people regard rainbows as miraculous occurrences. If the sun is bouncing off the moisture in the air in just the right way, a rainbow will appear in the sky, bringing people out of their rooms and onto their front lawns to marvel at the sight.

color as a light source

The colors of the rainbow clearly show that black does not exist on the visible color spectrum. Black is the only color that does not reflect any light, while all other colors do. To put it simply, black means “no light.” Pure black, unlike white and other colors, does not require any light to exist in nature.

White light contains every color in the visible spectrum, so some people think of it as a color in its own right. Black is the absence of light and all colors, therefore it is not regarded as a color.

Color as a Pigment (subtractivee color theory)

The subtractive color theory is less concerned with pure white and more interested in how different pigments and dyes interact to create different colors.

To see that there are more than seven colors in the visible spectrum, all you have to do is open a box of crayons. As part of the subtractive theory, grayscale is ignored in favor of black and white.

Finding the appropriate balance between the strengths of the three fundamental hues should allow for the creation of any desired color. Colors can be created by combining red, blue, and yellow in any proportion. Black is achieved by combining equal parts of each primary color.

Because it is easy to create black with any available crayon or paint, this proves that black is a color. White is not a color because we can’t get it by combining different colors of a pigment.

In conclusion, whatever way we chose to define white and black is good, but to derive the most benefit from our visual experience and to fill our lives with as much joy and positivity as possible, we require the full spectrum of colors. Black and white, rainbows, and every color in between are what really make the world go ’round. Just imagine trying to get by without it! Most of us, thankfully, won’t ever have to find out the answer to that question.

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