I have had a rewarding professional and personal relationship with light for most of my life. As time goes by, I find that I chase it less and allow it to come to me more. When I was young I was inclined to use "youth" energy to chase after experience. As a young photographer I would chase light all over the world, never allowing a period of rest and reflection to absorb, assimilate and ultimately understand the moment. As the arc of my life progressed I began to allow experience, sensation and even light to find me, choosing to be economical and receptive, allowing for a more focused and graceful acceptance. In my professional estimation, I have two children that light favors. If I remain vigilant, prepared, opportunistic and mindful of this, a kind of alchemical light "happening" is possible. Over the years a kind of sixth sense about light and the gifts it brings expresses itself in an intuitive, non-thinking, non-linear way. There can be a predictive nature to this. Morning light is falling hard on a warm brown brick floor and creating a beautiful warm glow as it bounces upward, just as our inquisitive one year old Redford crosses this channel of light...he choses to look up at the exact moment when the confluence of expression and light intersect.....pure grace and serendipity. Does this always happen? Of course not, but if it just happens a handful of times you will remember and be prepared when the elements align the next time. I personally love bounced light. The signature of this type of light is gentle and soft and quite flattering as it falls particularly on faces. We live in New Mexico and the essential signature of its light can be razor sharp, contrasty and hard, primarily because of the exceptionally clean and thin air (elevation 7000 feet). I am mindful of modifying that hard light in a variety of ways. Another way to modify that light is with backlight where the light is falling from behind the subject and consequently you have the choice to open up the exposure to compensate for a subject that is essentially in shadow. The hard backlight falls on the contour of the subject creating a kind of "halo" effect that is very pleasing to the eye.
Over my career, I have attuned my vision to recognize these different light signatures. They are familiar as old friends, continually reinterpreted by circumstance and event.