Stydiass sent me an ask for my thoughts on the distinct difference of color between the two sides of the photo. Well, Stydiass, here are those thoughts, complete with visual aids (reference the photo above).
The left side is monochromatic and drab in color— Isaac is in all black, Derek is in dark navy with his pants cast in black shadow, and Allison is in a white dress with an army green military-style jacket. On the right, we have a theme of red.
Except for Lydia.
She’s an outlier. While the right side is significantly more vibrant than the left, Lydia clashes with everyone, even her vibrant counterparts. Lydia is throwing the whole photo off even more than I originally noted.
While looking at the photo again to see what Stydiass was talking about, I also noticed some more details that lead to this realization. We’ll look at those details in terms of color and organization. Since their ask was about color, we’ll start with that.
Lydia’s bright, but pale blue dress and brown shoes do not match either of the other color schemes in the photo. We have the red theme, and we have what I’ll refer to as the military theme, and then we have Lydia. The stylists certainly knew that powder blue next to that red would be visually jarring, but they did it anyway. Her brown booties stick out in contrast to the sea of black we see at their feet (we’ll deal with Stiles separately).
But it’s not just the hue of her outfit and all the things from my original meta that are setting her apart. The photo is organized as such that she shouldn’t even be in it. What—why?
From looking at the color clusters in the photo, I found an underlying structure. I had noted before that Isaac, Allison, and Scott create a diagonal line, but I hadn’t noticed the other lines in the photo—lines that Lydia is not a part of. I’ve taken the time to draw visual guides over the photo so you all can see what I’m talking about.
Where the Isaac/Allison/Scott line is on the left, there is a matching line of Scott, Kira, and Stiles on the right. That line is reinforced by that theme of red. Scott is at the intersection of these two lines, and they are angled in a way that creates that V-shape from the previous S2 promo. If we completely ignore Lydia— in fact, let’s just crop her out like I’ve done here—you see that the photo while still a bit strangely arranged (because of Derek hanging out back there), is significantly more balanced than with her in it.
She’s outside the lines, she’s outside the color schemes, she’s beyond the realm of anyone’s comprehension.
I already touched on some of the significance of the red on the right in the original post, so we’ll look at the military theme and then circle back around to some more of the organization.