“The difficulties you meet will resolve themselves as you advance. Proceed, and light will dawn, and shine with increasing clearness on your path.” Jim Rohn
Lighting spaces is considered a highly specialized skill and, like a well designed gadget, great lighting is seamless. We appreciate it but we don’t focus on its presence because it seems perfectly natural to the setting it enhances. I’m not a lighting expert but I have friends who are and when they talk about their lighting projects, their eyes light up… no pun intended. Have you walked into a room and felt warm and enrobed in a wonderful glow? And let’s think about the theater, and sets for movies and TV, all need expert lighting, right? Great lighting makes a space come alive and everything in and around it simply shimmers.
As you can tell, I loved this Daily Post Light exercise and had a hard time trimming my photo choices. Each picture I selected had its own particular light perspective. In terms of the light shown, some pictures I chose were pretty obvious while others were inferred… Maybe not. You be the judge. The picture of Église Saint Étienne Le Vieux above was taken on an evening stroll in Caen, France. I took several shots because the first few were blurry. I was glad when this one captured what I was looking at.
The Glass House Studio in Seattle shot didn’t do the space justice. It truly was a special light filled studio with a kaleidoscope of glass and lights reflecting off everything. I took several shots with flash and then without flash, and concluded I needed a better camera. What do you think? 🙂
“There is not enough darkness in the entire world to put out the light of even one small candle” Robert Alden
The Chelsea Market is a fantastic place to visit in downtown NY. It is an indoor fiesta of stores filled with all kinds of goodies… food, wine, gourmet treats and more. The lighting is brilliant and everywhere you turn in that space, you are greeted by a new set of great lights. The first shot is a hallway picture and it curves around revealing new eye catching wares.
The Tea Salon is a gorgeous space where you can consult on all manner of exotic teas and taste some too. The lighting in the salon is fantastic and the genius behind it is how light is used to make the space appear larger.
What I love about the Chelsea Market, aside from its terrific selection of foods, is the attention paid to aesthetics. Every corner, every store, including the elevators has an artistic flair; adding a unique signature to the space. There is an indoor waterfall too and, for a moment, you feel like you have entered a world somewhere else; Morocco, Firenze, anywhere but here in NY. Come back later for more on my light adventures. Updated! 8)
“To rid ourselves of our shadows – who we are – we must step into either total light or total darkness” Jeremy Preston Johnson
Paris is the city of lights and everywhere you turn, lights greet you. I like this shot because it was a lone open restaurant on a late night, near the Gare de Lyon area. I believe it was a Sunday night and as I turned the corner, the restaurant lit up the street which was almost empty of people, and lined with shuttered stores and restaurants. When I got to the restaurant, it was relatively empty; a few lingering tourists, some locals, and a hand full of young revelers. I was quite amused to see that they served…. pizza!
Stockholm in the fall is beautiful and as Xmas approaches, the city glows. My friend, Lotta, and I took a walk, rather long walk, to this shopping center on the evening I arrived. (We met in college and stayed friends over the years as we raised families and changed jobs.) She wanted to make sure I didn’t miss any good deals as the sales were in full swing. I turned and noticed that the cop’s uniform was glowing. It made perfect sense to wear clothing with light reflectors as it made it easy for everyone to see him and mosey on.
“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” Edith Wharton
“Some people change their ways when they see the light; others when they feel the heat” Caroline Schoeder
Cooper Union’s new academic building is a magnificent structure to behold. It’s a contemporary building with an intricate, even bold interior and exterior architectural design. I took a tour of the building with a group last year and was quite impressed by it all. The picture you see is of the famous stairway/case that spirals and narrows as you get further upstairs. So when you look up from the ground/main floor, you see the view above; with light beaming at you. It’s worth a visit.
Pike Place Market in Seattle is dear to my heart. The activity and selection of foods there are as exciting as the interior space. I love it as much as I love Chelsea Market even though the vibe is somewhat different. There is an ease of movement at that market and the sellers welcome you warmly. Do you see a trend here with me and food spaces? I hope you enjoyed my light adventures and traveled with me to each place. 😉
What are your memories of these places? What about your travels? What are your light escapades and memories? What are your thoughts? Do share? 🙂
Positive Motivation Tip: Take the path of light and embrace wherever it leads you… there is much to learn.
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos of Eglise Saint Etienne Le Veiux, Glass House Studio Seattle, Chelsea Market, Tea Salon at the Chelsea Market,restaurant in Gare de Lyon area, Paris,Traffic Cop in shopping center, Stockholm, spiral staircase at Cooper Union, and Pike Place Market, Seattle from my personal collection.