colors of sadness

how I caught the feels

While watching skater injury videos in search of authentic fear, disgust, and/or pain reactions, I came across an unexpectedly sad video. Though the purpose of this viewing was to identify expressions in others, I had also been recording my own reactions, because injury videos can incite empathy expressions.

The video I came across featured a teenager falling off his board due to a seizure. Not the typical fall-on-your-face-after-miscalculating-a-rail-jump… I was caught off guard.

While my own sadness response was not any of the target emotions for that particular project, I loved how clearly the swirls of color mapped my face. The patches of red that painted my cheeks and the deep red that covered the tip of my nose.

VIDEO 1:
The video is a sped-up version boomeranging back and forth between pre-reddened state and reddened-state to show the contrast.

VIDEO 2:
The video is the full reaction in realtime.

future endeavors

As you may or may not know, the goal of Face the FACS is not to fixate on FACS – but to incorporate information from many modalities and acquire perspectives from different fields. Changes in blood flow and coloration are one of those excellent complementary modalities.

As I continue to explore genuine reactions, I will take note of color while also exploring relevant concepts in physiology. Once I have  compiled enough material, I hope to write a fuller piece.

SIDE NOTE: I have also been looking into differences between anime vs. Western cartoon expressions. Anime seems to capitalize a lot more on these distinct emotional color changes. Perhaps we should catch up? 😉

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