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In light terminology, black is the absence of white light, and therefore the absence of all colors. Black can represent the antithesis of white and is known to symbolize white's opposites: the "bad guys" and deceit. It is the color of funerals, death, and mourning. The "Black Market" and "Black Monday" are examples of the negative representation this color has on us. However, it is better to be "in the black" than "in the red."

Black can bring us feelings of despair and loneliness. It is also mysterious, the color of night, and the place and habitat of shadowed detail (Figure 8).

Figure 8 The mysterious beauty of black.

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