Artists are always perceived as a bit “different” from ordinary folks, but we think that’s a good thing isn’t it? For those of us who are blessed with artistic talent (and there are all kinds), the world sometimes takes on a life of its own when your imagination is full of wonder and your creativity is just waiting to come out on a blank canvas (or film).
Artists are constantly asked the question, “What inspires you?”. When asking an artist this question you may receive many different replies, varying from human eyes, to the texture of an object, to personal inner feelings. However, for us, we are inspired by something as simple as light.
Light. Something you see everyday in so many different shapes and forms and dare to recognize the subtle differences. Light and illumination are the basics of photography and though it may seem simple and mundane, light is the inspiration for some of the greatest images we’ve ever produced. Without light, there is no illumination. Photography is about capturing light and recording it, whether on paper, or more frequently now, in a digital format. As a photographer, you control the amount, intensity and duration of light required to create an image.
Majestic natural light is truly what inspires us. It can stop us in our tracks, make us catch our breath and reach for our cameras in an instant. When the sun is near the horizon, sunlight travels through a greater depth of atmosphere, reducing the intensity of direct light to create almost an ambiance. This is called the magic hour (or golden hour) by us photographers, and is easily considered the best time of day to us. Most of our finest naturally lit images were taken during this magical time.
The quality and characteristics of light vary from subtlety soft and dreamy to dark and dramatic. Each image evokes a feeling just by the way the image is lit. However, the shadows are just as important as the light areas. The silhouettes, and things left out completely are what sparks the viewers imagination and portrays the mood the creator is attempting to convey. We live life by following the light… or lack thereof.
I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars. –Og Mandino