Approaching the longest night of the year always brings to mind thoughts about darkness and light. The instinct to retreat to a comfortable den grows stronger and I find my self noticing variations in light. A later sunrise speaks to creativity, to comfort, and perhaps to the wisdom of snuggling up with a good book, a cup of coffee, and a dog. Or two.
My sense of lightness and dark matured when I studied graphic art — especially when I moved into photography. It’s another place to learn about what to keep and what to edit out, what to focus on, and what kind of light brings out the truest nature of a subject.
And, of course, I turn to others to shape my thinking. And to give me hope as we move through the longest night.
Darkness and Light for the Longest Night
The planet is always half light and half dark, and so are we. ~ Jennifer Lynch
Life evolved under conditions of light and darkness, light and then darkness. And so plants and animals developed their own internal clocks so that they would be ready for these changes in light. These are chemical clocks, and they’re found in every known being that has two or more cells and in some that only have one cell. ~ Jessa Gamble
As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being. ~ Carl Jung
Those are the same stars, and that is the same moon, that look down upon your brothers and sisters, and which they see as they look up to them, though they are ever so far away from us, and each other. ~ Sojourner Truth
Pure, Blazing, Fierce
There is a wide, yawning black infinity. In every direction, the extension is endless; the sensation of depth is overwhelming. And the darkness is immortal. Where light exists, it is pure, blazing, fierce; but light exists almost nowhere, and the blackness itself is also pure and blazing and fierce. ~ Carl Sagan
I want to be inside your darkest everything. ~ Frida Kahlo
Each day is a different length of time and that gives a different length to the cusp between light and darkness or darkness and light. ~ James Turrell
Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light. ~ Albert Schweitzer
You cannot look up at the night sky on the Planet Earth and not wonder what it’s like to be up there amongst the stars. And I always look up at the moon and see it as the single most romantic place within the cosmos. ~ Tom Hanks
Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light. ~ Helen Keller
Dear sisters and brothers, we realize the importance of light when we see darkness. ~ Malala Yousafzai
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