I knew, of course, that trees and plants had roots, stems, bark, branches and foliage that reached up toward the light. But I was coming to realize that the real magician was light itself.
How the visual world appears is important to me. I’m always aware of the light. I’m always aware of what I would call the ‘deep composition’. Photography in the field is
a process of creation, of thought and technique. But ultimately, it’s an act of imaginatively seeing from within yourself. —Sam Abell
Goethe’s final words: “More light.” Ever since we crawled out of that primordial slime, that’s been our unifying cry: “More light.” Sunlight. Torchlight. Candlight. Neon. Incandescent. Lights that banish the darkness from our caves, to illuminate our roads, the insides of our refrigerators. Big floods for the night games at Soldier Field. Little tiny flashlight for those books we read under the covers when we’re supposed to be asleep. Light is more than watts and footcandles. Light is metaphor. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet. Rage, rage against the dying of the light. Lead, Kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom Lead Thou me on! The night is dark, and I am far from home. Lead Thou me on! Arise, shine, for thy light has come. Light is knowledge. Light is life. Light is light.
—Diane Frolov, Andrew Schneider, Northern Exposure (quoting Psalm 119, Dylan Thomas, J.H. Newman, Isaiah)
A long time ago, the raven looked down from the sky and saw that the people of the world were living in darkness. The ball of light was kept hidden by a selfish old chief. So the raven turned itself into a spruce needle and floated on the river where the chief’s daughter came for water. She drank the spruce needle. She became pregnant and gave birth to a boy which was the raven in disguise. The baby cried and cried until the chief gave him the ball of light to play with. As soon as he had the light, the raven turned back into himself and carried the light into the sky. From then on, we no longer lived in darkness.
—Diane Frolov, Andrew Schneider, Northern Exposure