Featuring: Geoffrey Ansel Agrons
In photography, we know light sets the mood, highlights a subject, creates depth, or gives us the gift of a few seconds of ethereal glimmer when it, say, hits water at a certain angle. Nature gives us light in so many forms – and various types of light carry different emotions. In jurying the imagery for this exhibition, in addition to the usual elements that make a strong image, I was looking for images that gave forth some kind of poetic angle or imagined story. The light had to illuminate details that made me wonder, that made me wish for a short story of sorts to accompany it, or to make one up in my head.
Oh, boy! So many visual gems were to be had – stories of love and loss and optimism and sweetness and the grandeur of nature and the sometimes smallness of man. Thank you to all those who submitted to this call for entries – do you know the importance of your work? It transcends any competition, category or exhibition – you are recording light.
In the beginning the light
And the first hour,
when lips still in clay
try out the things of the world
Green blood and things golden in the earth
And the sea, so exquisite in her sleep, spread
unbleached gauze of sky
under the carob trees and the great upright palms.
– The Axion Esti, by Greek poet Odysseas Elytis