Is white and black a colour?

Previously, I spoke about the colour wheel but didn’t found white and black on the wheel, right! Lets find the view point whether white is a colour and black not or black is a colour and white not.

So on asking got three answers :

  1. Black is not a colour and white is
  2. White is not a colour and black is
  3. Third comes on visualization and reflection.

Answer 1: There is no light, which is a absolute black.There is no photon of light for black or we can say – no photon of colour. So, total absence of colour – a total black. Black is not a colour.

Sunlight appears white. Sum up of all the colour is the white. When this white colour bend, we get the other colours, for example a rainbow. The sunlight bend in the atmospheric condition and give a rainbow of colours.White is the additive of all the colours, so, it’s a colour.

Answer 2: Now here is a simple way how black is made. Mix up all the primary colours of the colour wheel it give black colour. This has been also proved by the chemist. Now, if black is not a colour what does exist in the colour tube, huh!!!

White is not a colour. It is the absence of colour. You know, you cannot mix any colour to create a white one, so how can white be a colour . No, it’s not a colour.

Answer 3:  This a concrete one on my view. This is based on theory of visualization and reflection. The colour which we can see, basically reflects the colour in the light such as red .White reflects the light, thus we visualize the white. Where as black absorbs light, so no reflection and it appears dark or black.

The colour we see for an object is the colour that gets reflected to our eye. Every colour has a specific wavelength. 

Now,  a black object actually absorbs all the colours and reflects none, which is why it appears dark or black. And a white object reflects all the colours.


The colour we see for an object is the how much of the colour present in the light specifically it is the wavelength of the colour that reflects to the retina of our eye.

The medium is the process of the reflection of wavelength of the colour.

The receiver is our eye that respond to the wavelength.

So, whether white is a colour and black is not or the vice versa – totally depend on visualization and reflection theory.

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