Let there be light…

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The soul should always stand ajar ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.

Emily Dickinson

It came to me in a flash — my word for 2014. LIGHT.

It’s a great word for someone besotted with photography, of course, but it’s also an all-round great word, being a verb, a noun and an adjective. It’s a perfect word for someone who wants to simplify and pare down and travel lighter in the world. It will also be a good reminder to light the way for others, make choices that light me up, and lighten up…

Last year my word was DISCOVER, and it led me to so many great places. I explored and experimented and discovered so much about photography — and myself too. It’s amazing how a simple word can infuse and guide your life.

This year I want to study light, chase light, follow light, learn how to capture light — all those things. Light is complex; it has so many different qualities  and it appears in so many different ways in photography. It can scorch, shimmer, reflect. It illuminates and casts shadows. It can be a softly lit pool in the gloom or a full-blown radiant sunset. Light helps us see the full catastrophe of life (as Zorba the Greek would say). To take a long, loving look at the real…we need light.

In 2014, let there be light.

18 thoughts on “Let there be light…

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  2. Yes let there very light…so we don’t lose our way. A great word for you. You find the light at sunrise, sunset and in between. I’m impressed with how much you lightened your load last year.

    I can’t wait to see how you “shine” for us this year.
    A wonderful post Sherry.

  3. Already, you are discovering such beautiful light and new ways to capture. I’ll be eagerly watching for your new works with “light”. Love your description how it scorches, shimmers, and reflects! Magnificent!

  4. Oh, I think Light is perfect, Sherry! I’m sure this year will be just wonderful for you.
    Can’t wait to hear and see about your journey re-discovering “Light” 🙂

  5. How perfect for you Sherry. You got me thinking about what word I would choose for this year. The first word that came to mind was acceptance – but that is way too passive for me. I’ll have to think on it. I love your feature photo and look forward to seeing how you capture light during the coming year.

  6. What a wonderful image, Sherry. I love that long sweeping view and the way the clouds create a feeling of movement. There is certainly light shining on the sand and filtering through the clouds. Light! A wonderful word to choose for your year!

  7. you’re more than half way there since your images are beautiful illuminations p.s. lighter is one of mine – that’s weight just for starters

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