July is the heart of summer. Long days, warm nights, all filled with light. Morning light, light at dawn, midday and afternoon light, the dwindling light of sunset and twilight, and the glow of lights at night. July is a month to capture light.
Nature is painting for us, day after day,, pictures of infinite beauty.
And inspired by the work of Paccarik Orue, I find myself thinking about documentary photography—photography that celebrates place, people, culture, and customs that uncovers and illuminates beauty that others may miss or dismiss.
Never fear shadows. They simply mean there’s light shining somewhere nearby.
So let’s explore the light of July, in all its variety and glory and document the places and people we experience.
Light can be gentle, dangerous, dream-like, bare, living, dead, misty, clear, hot, dark, violet, springlike, falling, straight, sensual, limited, poisonous, calm and soft.
The harsh man-made lights at the end of the pier,
midday light illuminating a wave and its surfer,
filtered light through the windows of your house for the cats to discover (that’s Jack!),
and looking up into the clear blue sky at wild fair rides.
Lingering seems most at home in the late afternoon. Other words belong to other times. But lingering (like dawdling and dallying) works best when the day is slipping away, and we don’t care.
Here’s some prompts to get us started this month:
So let’s explore the light of summer and document the people and places and things we encounter. Our challenge will allow us to learn from each other as we shoot our own photos and study the photos others shoot. Every day of the month includes a word prompt to inspire and challenge you to document the spaces you inhabit as you explore the light. You are welcome to follow them in order, mix them up, or throw in a new word prompt for the rest of us to try. You can post every day, once a week, or even sporadically throughout the month…whatever works in your life. Be sure to share and tag your photos with #sdawpphotovoices so we can find them! You can share on Twitter (follow me @kd0602), on Instagram (@kd0602), in the CLMOOC community on G+, on Flickr, or even link back to my blog here.
Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.
And don’t forget to play around with nighttime light too!
Twilight drops her curtain down, and pins it with a star.
Lucy Maud Montgomery
What light will you see and document through your lens?