This is my response to the Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge – Magical Light. Join me for a photo journey of light across the seasons.
In Australia, our light can be very harsh. Generally, if the light is too harsh for photography, it is too harsh for me. Nevertheless, I understand intuitively that different colours require different light, and that some colours create their own light.
When red meets blue, a strong, bold light brings out the colours best.
But when the colours are drab, morning light casts a spell.
Spring green softens the light.
Under cool grey skies, there is no light competition for this floral display.
In winter, grey brightens up your whites.
In the 1800s, every man and his dog flocked to Hill End and Sofala to dig for gold. Now virtually abandoned, kangaroos and wallaroos outnumber residents.
But there is still gold in them thar hills.
These tiny towns are renowned by artists for their winter glow
(see the works of Russell Drysdale).
Always there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Autumn light has its own cachée, so I will leave that for another day. My message is that all light can be your friend because it really does depend on what it is you want to show. Sorry, terrible poetry but hopefully the photos aren’t too bad.