Lens-Artists Challenge #166 – Artificial Light
“Drama is increased with the shadows of artificial light. They can invite us to imagine what is hidden.”Michael Kenna
This week Ann-Christine invites us to share the effects of artificial light and shows us in her post how very beautiful it can be. I’ve opened with an image of night fishing which we experienced during our visit to China. Both the image above and the one that follows captured cormorant fishermen on the Li River, lit only by their small lanterns. I’ve also chosen to take an impressionist approach to this week’s images using Topaz software to create an artistic effect.
“Photography! Acquiring the knowledge and tools to express your artistic vision.”Wayne Paulo
There is much beauty to be found when natural light and that which we have created to augment it come together in harmony. Such was my feeling about the image that follows. As the full moon lit the town of Guilin from above, the artificial light of the windows and their reflections created a scene any artist would love. I found it completely enchanting. If I were a painter, this is a scene I would love to recreate.
“Just as I work with paint, brushes and canvas, I work with the light.”Man Ray
Although China offered amazing opportunities for evening photography, several of our other journeys provided equally wonderful night vistas enhanced by artificial light. The scene below for example was captured from our hotel room during a long-ago visit to Dubrovnik.
“Photography…brings to science what it needs most, the artistic sense.”Ernst Haas
Also captured from our lodging window, the beautifully lit waterfront of Vancouver, Canada.
“I am a painter who was too impatient to paint, and therefore became a photographer.”Ernst Haas
Sadly I must agree with Mr. Haas – although my issue is not impatience – rather it is an inability to translate my vision onto canvas using paint and paper. I’ve found that photography gives me an artistic outlet and allows me to “paint” the world as I see and/or imagine it.
“I subjugate the real situation to my artistic concept of the picture.”Andreas Gurkst
Around the world, throughout my many travels, I’ve encountered examples of beautiful light, created by nature or by humankind (better yet, by both), and presenting an opportunity to translate the scene through my lens. I’ll close with a simple scene we encountered while visiting Angkor Wat in Cambodia. It struck me as a vision a painter might have created as a wonderful still life.
“Photography freed the hand of the most artistic functions, that henceforth devolved only upon the eye looking into the lens.”Walter Benjamin
Many thanks to those who responded to Patti’s Going Wide challenge last week. For me it was an eye-opener to see how effectively a wide vista can be created using so many different approaches. As the owner of a brand new I-phone 12 pro max (hurrah – long overdue !!) I’m looking forward to trying some of your suggested techniques.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my interpretations of the beauty to be found in the interplay between natural and artificial light. I look forward to seeing your responses to Ann-Christine’s challenge. (Although she states that candlelight is not artificial, I loved the scene above enough to break that rule!) Be sure to link to her original post here, and to use the Lens-Artists Tag to help us find you.
We hope you’ll join us next week when Amy once again leads us on her Share and Connect site. In the meanwhile, as always please stay safe and be kind.