Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Autocratic Light

Back in Ballsbridge after the sojourn to Brussels! I had been waiting to take this shot before but had never been successful in getting the camera out in time. It doesn't last for long, this exact shade - and in the few minutes it might take to organise, the light can change completely. I always thought, especially in film work, that light isn't very democratic. In the time it takes to discuss what is right and wrong about shooting some scene, the light you appreciated has gone. Very autocratic. There is no right and wrong light of course - just light. In this case, the almost red light captured St Bartholomew's Tower and held it in its grip for just a minute or so. The Sun rises each morning and then "descends nightly to the kingdom of the dead". Best not to look at it if you want to keep your eyesight intact. If you dream about the sun, it may concern the intellect - think of Blake's painting, Ancient of Days. If you dream about the sunset, it is more likely to be about a beginning than an end. The sun sets only to rise once more. It's all about the cycle of beginning and endings. And speaking of beginnings and endings, my replacement camera battery has arrived. A new beginning ...