Let There Be Light

|

Print of the Month

January 2024

Let There Be Light

The Royal Garden at Prague Castle, Czech Republic

Printed on A3+ (13×19) with 1″ border.

Limited to 50 prints.

Print of the Month

January 2024

Let There Be Light (canvas)

The Royal Garden at Prague Castle, Czech Republic

Printed on A3+ (13×19) with 1″ border.

Unmounted Fine Art Canvas with brushed-on clear coat

Limited to 50 prints.

Why Two Options?

To put it simply, I was inspired to offer an option that takes the work to a different level. Plus, it’s just perfect to match this verse with this image. Please let me know if you’d like a custom size of either print, I’ll be happy to make that happen for you!

Design and Composition

This image started out simply as a color study. Being fascinated with all things photography and all things related to design and creativity it’s easy to get caught in a rabbit hole sometimes. It’s also easy to hop around from one idea to the next without much thought. I can feel really scattered sometimes.

But when I saw the flowers that make up this image, and the brilliant color they provided I knew I needed to make something happen. However, the overall presentation of the fully rendered flowers fell rather flat. So I quickly went to manual focus and threw the focus way off making for this vibrating sea of color.

I punched saturation a bit in post-production so the colors would vibrate a bit more.

The reds are minimized which, in a way, makes them more important. The yellows dominate and the smidgen of greens that are available are almost an afterthought. 

Yellow is such an uplifting color. It always makes me smile and feel joy. And with the punch of reds and pinks coming through the excitement just increases even more.

When I try and think about the traditional design principles that are present in this image I’m quite honestly left with very little. Color is dominant. It rules this image. But what about some of the others, such as contrast, hierarchy, texture, shape, and gestalt. 

I see evidence of contrast and gestalt for sure. The others not so much.

And that’s the beauty of focussing on what the scene gives you and reacting to that rather than bringing a preconceived set of ideals that need to happen before the image can be considered successful.

Background

In 2016 I was given the opportunity to take a sabbatical, though this one was done during the summer. My focus was to research and study “Design in Northern Europe.” Specifically, I was taking a more detailed look at two design industry juggernauts that took place on either side of World War 2. That is, the Bauhaus school and Polish Poster design.

I went to Prague to “get over jet lag.” And, of course, I take my camera everywhere. Plus, my father joined me so that was really cool too! And at the end of the trip I got to go to Photokina. That was an amazing three weeks in Europe.

Anyway, I was in Prague and we went to the Prague Castle. As we walked the grounds we saw a lot of options from security guards in traditional uniform to historic buildings and architecture. Being naturally drawn to the softer side of things (i.e. the natural world) I’m always keeping my eyes on the lookout for any plat life.

Some of these flowers were in the bright sun and I avoided those as they were to harshly lit. Though with this technique that doesn’t really matter! 🙂

This cluster was found in the shade of a building. The time stamps on these images shows that I only spent about THREE minutes shooting them in total. That’s rather quick! But I got what I wanted and moved on.

It wasn’t until I was back home and processing the images that I really saw the potential and the excitement. I felt excited at the time I made this image, but with the hectic nature of travel and walking and all that it wasn’t until I got back home that I saw it as a true gem. 

But it’s so odd. So abstract. What to do with it? I didn’t care, it was so cool I just needed to keep it. 

And here we are, several years later, finally “doing something” with it. I hope you enjoy viewing this photograph as much as I enjoyed making it.

Inspiring Thoughts

And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

—Genesis 1:2–5 ESV

my thoughts: When I’m out shooting I’m always in awe of our Creator. Creation is a source of inspiration yet I know that whatever I make is really just a commentary on the Master’s work. I didn’t see the “creation connection” in this image when I initially made it. In fact it was only a few moments ago (as I write this in late 2023) that I really made this connection. I was searching for a title and a text to be overlaid on this image and that’s when it struck me. Over 6 years has passed between making this image and now. That’s all part of the creative process and that’s why I love it so much! It keeps on going and is never truly finished.