Visiting art galleries is an enjoyable past time for me. The Chicago Art Museum is one of my favorite places to visit. The collection of artwork housed there is so diverse, it's almost impossible to take in every piece in one trip.
On my recent summer vacation in the beautiful North Woods of Wisconsin I was once again reminded of how important lighting is for a myriad of reasons, both aesthetically and practically. I was talking with a friend, who while not a professional photographer, is a highly skilled photographer who puts together a calendar every year on the annual family gathering. She was taking some internal shots of the cabin that we were all staying in and commented on the difference between how the cabin photographed last year and how it is now. I mentioned that no improvements had been done to the cabin over the last year that I knew of. She told me that each year for the past several years she would take pictures of the cabin from the exact same spot at roughly the same time each year to give a perspective on the cabin’s interior from year to year. She then pulled out last year’s photos and showed them to me with this year’s photos on her laptop. It was immediately clear to me that something had changed. The interior of the cabin was in more detail and more accentuated in this year’s photos than last years. After looking at the photos for a few minutes it was readily apparent what had changed. The Light.
Most people recognize this iconic quote from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet (Act 2; Scene 2). Shakespeare’s words evoke a mental image in your head of the way the light enters the window and how it casts Juliet in Romeo’s eyes. It speaks to the artistry of Shakespeare that centuries later, the words still have the same effect. Shakespeare used words to “create” an image of light.