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.