“When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.” Tecumseh
When I saw the title of this week’s photo challenge, my heart rejoiced. The phrase “Let There Be Light” finds its origins in biblical teachings and is a term used, by people of all faiths, to encourage the lifting of the veil of ignorance. It is popular for several reasons; Creating Light and separating it from the Dark is one of the first acts of God in the creation of earth in the Judaic Torah/Tanakh and the Christian Bible. Many faiths observe/celebrate some version of the festival of lights; Hanukkah, Diwali, Ramadan begins with the sighting of the moon crescent, and Christmas celebrations, for instance. Frankly, light as a medium of grace is universal to all faiths and is used for worship by people from all religious backgrounds.
In the first chapter of the bible; the book of Genesis 1:3 reveals: “Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.” It is translated in Hebrew as יְהִי אוֹר, in Latin as fiat lux, and in Greek as γενηθήτω φῶς. So light serves as the foundation of our lives and the dispelling of ignorance. John Huston made a similarly tilted, government-funded movie “Let There Be Light” in 1946 on psychosis treatments in the military. Light means life to many people and in countries where electricity is severely rationed or limited, many value it like precious gold. My selections feature the beauty and glow of light in a wide range of places and spaces.
The first shot above is of a huge pineapple shaped fountain in front of the wonderful Chesapeake Bay Resort and Spa, in Chesapeake Beach, Maryland. The blue light dances and invites us in to rest, relax and enjoy the spa offerings and the ocean beyond the front door. As the frenzy of holiday shopping begins, I hope you will find time to rest and perhaps, find time to enjoy a walk by the ocean or be transported to one in your mind. The collages, above, include shots I took at concerts (Sade, John Legend, Chris Brown, and LMFAO), of a street in Paris, a Hanukkah Menorah, Prayer candles at The Cathedral of St John The Divine, NY, the new moon, and the chandelier at Grand Central Station.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
Like moths to a flame, most of us are drawn to light fixtures; we find something about the glow, the shimmering lights, the colors, and the warmth mesmerizing. The first collage is of shots I took one winter holiday season at/around Rockefeller Center in Manhattan. The huge NBC Christmas tree, the Saks Fifth Avenue light display, the Chase Bank winter wonderland with Radio City Hall neon lights in the background, and many others, create a beautiful light show that makes walking around the area at night lots of fun. I also included the lit up Frank Gehry designed glass building, on the Westside Highway, because at night, the colors are truly beautiful
The next collage is of the famous underground Light Tunnel, in the McNamara Terminal building, at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. The lights change as soothing music plays, and the 700-foot tunnel becomes an instant therapeutic experience. My third collage was created from holiday tree and house lights I took around my neighborhood. This holiday season is perfect for the celebration and display of lights. May all our days be filled with moments of joy and light. There is more below. Happy Holidays! Thank you!