When the Light Is the Story … but the Story Isn’t Just the Light

I went to school to be a writer, so perhaps it’s not strange that, having wandered off long ago into the photographic woods, I think of light as language. This is something that has been said for many years, by many photogs. Light is our language, plain and simple. It is rapt, elegant, steeped in drama, rhapsodic, giddy, melancholy, vibrant, poignant, or brash. It can shift the attitude of a scene more quickly than a moody teenager. At the camera, we look for beautiful, apt, lovely light the way a writer seeks to turn a deft phrase and string together words that hook the reader’s ...

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