Tonje Lilleås

Nuances of light – When I walk pt. 10

I see nuances of light everywhere. As I look across the living room, while I’m in the car or when I’m waiting in line at the store. And I often think they would make interesting images. However I don’t always capture them.

As we drove to celebrate Easter with the family a couple of weeks ago, I sat thinking about my sensitivity to light. Not in the “I’m light sensitive, so I have to wear sunglasses” way. But in the sense that I notice small changes in and nuances of light all the time.

Whenever the sun is about to break through the clouds and cast just a slight, soft, yellow light on the top of the mountains, my eyes automatically shift towards it. To others it’s often not noticeable, and certainly nothing to make a fuss over. But I instantly want to capture it.

However most of the time I’m not able to. It’s not that I’m not trying. This Easter for instance I asked my wife to pull over immediately. She asked why, and I told her I wanted to capture the magical light on top of the mountains. And she did. But I didn’t. At least not the way I saw it.

And that’s really the frustrating part. The images never do nature justice. The camera simply isn’t able to capture all the nuances of light. Or maybe it’s me.I’m just not skilled enough. I don’t know. But I know that the nuances of light keep me coming back trying.

Maybe that’s more than enough.

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