Dark Passage


“Dark Passage, Street in Venice, Italy” © R.L. Herron

I’ve been guilty of being sidetracked by the incessant political-speak on our airwaves. It’s hard to remember a time in the past two years the cymbal-clashing has been silent.

It makes me ashamed to get caught up in the finger-pointing, ‘we said/they said’ rhetoric. I wish our politicians would all grow up and learn what they really need to do is demonstrate some cooperation in getting the problems of the country fixed.

I’m not naive enough to think it would really happen, given the almost childish attitudes of our elected officials and the vehement polarity evoked by their lust for power, but I can always hope that somewhere people really do behave with civility, respect and a sense of common purpose.

However, I know all too well that probably only happens in Narnia (Google “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe” if that doesn’t ring a bell), where even the animals know good from evil.

So I’ll content myself with talking about painting with light, which is why this blog began in the first place.

Photography, like fiction writing, takes advantage of the way light is perceived to produce its special results.

Like the picture above, where the dark shadows purposely frame the flower basket in the distance and the lines of perspective lead your eye into the light at precisely that point.

In any good story or any good image, light and shadow work together to create the whole.

Darn it! There I go talking politics again.

 

3 Responses to “Dark Passage”

  1. Ron Herron Says:

    Dave – I came across your comment here while scrolling back through some old posts. Election time here is drawing closer and your words really hit home. I hope you’re right in your observation. Light and shade really DO need to come together.

    Reading this again reminded me of a quote:

    “Life is composed of lights and shadows, and we would be untruthful, insincere, and saccharine if we tried to pretend there were no shadows.”

    The author of that quote?

    ~ Walt Disney

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  2. Dave Henderson Says:

    I totally agree with your words Ron!, it’s the same in my country too. It seems our elected officials are more concerned with winning the next election than governing for the good of those that elected them. I certainly hope in my lifetime that somewhere along the track that light and shade come together for the good of my children and their children, we will live in hope

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  3. Ron Herron Says:

    Hmmm. I thought this would certainly gather a comment or two by now, even ones that disagree!

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