Chapter 5

Seeing with Light


Physics shows us that light is ambiguous and paradoxical, possessing the qualities of both particles and waves. Light’s multidimensionalism can reveal any subject’s many diverse realities, which are as fleeting as light itself. Light’s changing physical properties demonstrate that everything is in flux and nothing is as it appears to be, signifying the numerous ways any subject may be viewed and interpreted. An exceptional example of this principle can be seen in the surrealist paintings of Roberto Matta, who created new dimensions by blending cosmic and organic life forms.

The Thingness of Light

Every photograph is about light. Light is a plastic medium that is the key ingredient shared by every photograph ...

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