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November 24, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

tiki, poipu, kauai

i have been reading arctic dreams by barry lopez off and on for the last month or so. i've learned about muskox and polar bears. icebergs and eskimos. but what i have found most interesting is lopez's thoughts about how the landscape and light shape the individual consciousness. Writing about the luminist painters of the 19th century he says that in their successful paintings there was a "loss of ego" where "the artist disappears. The authority of the work lies, instead, with the land. And the light in them is like a creature, a living, integral part of the scene."

as a landscape photographer i found this thought appealing. Light as life. Not only a source of energy but energy itself. As you may know, my photographer's name is 光 (hikari). It's taken from the japanese kanji for light. I find the shape of the kanji to be incredibly energetic, dynamic, and yes, positive-- all concepts that i wish to portray in my photography. but i am not sure if i ever considering light to be a living force in the image. i think rather i just felt it to be the communicator, or the conductor of energy between the scene and the viewer, the image and me, nature and us.

good morning sunshinegood morning sunshinekealia sunrise, kauai, hawaii

good morning sunshine, kealia, kauai

mystics of all religions seek to experience the spiritual. faith, study, and practice may all lead to an understanding of the divine, but it's the transcendent experience of the divine that is nature's blessing. i often tell people who come into the gallery that all i do is choose a time and a perspective, but everything else is god, kauai, nature. i can't make a cloud pink or a sky blue. all of that is light. it ain't me. i ain't the one that can turn the ocean green and jump up in a wave or make a lotus bloom. that's all nature , and that's all a mystical experience of the divine. and if i don't communicate that then i've failed as a photographer and what i want to do with my photography. well, i don't say all of that every time, but you get the idea. :-)

the mystical kealia, kauai

thus concludes thoughts on light.

aloha!

lee


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