When I’m out with my camera and determined to make a photograph, I’m looking for light and shadows and the patterns they make. Finding the subtle similarities and contrasts between things is one of my favorite ways into an image. When golden fading light at the Gulf shore makes one last fiery attempt to light up the sky, and bathes everything—all of the shoreline’s natural beauty and its intrusive manmade structures—with its benevolent warm glow, I want to be ready to mark the richness of the moment. I look for light between the lines, and finding it is a gift. For that’s the time of day when human transgressions too near the ocean can be forgiven: nature has indiscriminately bestowed one lovely wash of color over everything. ♣
Visit my Lightscapes series to see more photographs where light and shadow etch a pattern. What’s your favorite way into an image?