Make it light

Photography is all about light, even the word itself means ‘writing with light’.

Morning light colors solemn calligraphy of bare trees.

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Rich, copper-colored evening light fills the air with lush thickness.


I took this photograph in May 2013. I was on my way home when the Moon started coming out of the peach-colored clouds just minutes after the sunset. Astonishingly big, it was slowly rolling behind the mountain ridge. I quickly took some pictures and drove up to the mountain top in hope for a better view.


Unfortunately, the Moon sank in the thick clouds and left me in the dark. I had to drive down the road that was barely wider than my car. Still, there were a lot to admire, especially the lace of different silhouettes against the dying sunset, and Clonmel, Co Tipperary, at my feet. Photography never ceases! 🙂


The light can stream through the gaps in the clouds, or between the tree trunks in the forest, creating  crepuscular rays. The rays in this photograph look like they have circled a sample of ferns to be taken to the alien spaceship.


This is a photograph from my trip to Rome. I visited Vatican, and had a plan to climb up St. Peter’s Basilica Dome. This plan was a reckless affair since I am quite claustrophobic, and at that time I also needed a walking stick. If you have any questions, no, it wasn’t a pilgrimage, and I didn’t expect to come down jumping stairs two at a time, and leaving my walking stick behind. I might write a separate story about that Rome trip.

Anyway, before the epic climb I peeked inside the Basilica. At certain time of the day, you can see crepuscular rays streaming inside from the different windows. I was lucky to observe these beautiful phenomena.

The most interesting thing about light is that its opposite, darkness, doesn’t exist. Darkness is only the absence of light, and therefore we cannot do anything to change or remove darkness itself.  We can affect darkness only with light. However, darkness is a very important opposite – we know what is light only by darkness.


This is a photograph of my Dad, it was taken in 1937 when he was seventeen. He is my light.

My Dad left this Earth 31 years ago.  I have only a few photographs of him. After he died, Grandma turned to the worse, and one day she managed to put almost all the family photographs in the fireplace. When my mother asked her why, she said that she was afraid. Some day I will write about whom she was afraid from, and why.

My Dad had an extraordinary life. His integrity, tact, good disposition and genuine empathy towards any human being earned him respect from people of different backgrounds and cultures.

‘Learn’ – I heard this word every day. He knew the value of light.

In Jodi Picoult’s book ‘My Sister’s Keeper’ there is a scene where Sara recalls a fight with her sister Zanne about the light left on.  “You can make it dark, but I can’t make it light”,  says Sara. I want to rephrase this sentence – I can make it light. You can make it light. We all can make it light.

inesemjphotographyHave a wonderful Sunday!


    1. Thank you Imelda! 🙂 Most of my photos are not new – I seldom move around lately. All of these photos are 2-6 years old… Sigh…

  1. Thank you for following “The Journey of Phillip, the Forgotten, to Phillip, the Fabulous, in 30 Days.” I really like your photo’s. My husband is taking photography classes to help him capture the dogs at the animal shelter to help in finding their forever home. He’s going to love your stuff!

  2. I am so very sorry your father’s photographs no longer exist. I’m sure a touch of devastation is present. When someone leaves this world, photographs can mean so much.

    You are a master at available light! Incredible shots!

    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment! I have a few more photographs, fortunately, but all his portraits that he sent to his mother are gone, and many other rare images.

  3. I just love that photo with the moon coming out of the peach coloured clouds. Gorgeous. Also very interested to read your take on light/darkness these two fascinate me too.. Inese.

  4. Thank you for sharing your memories of your wonderful father. His attitude and empathy towards others are to his great credit, and he obviously passed it on to you. I would love to read more about him and, of course, the reason for your mother’s destruction of the photos. Something about them must have distressed her a great deal. Perhaps the memories they stirred were too overwhelming for her to cope with.
    Your array of photos are perfect, all very different and each so beautifully illustrating the theme of light. I’d be hard pushed to find a favourite as they’re all so amazing. I need to spend some time now, just gazing at them. Your final words are so inspirational: ‘We can all make it light’.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment, Millie. Both sides of my family were victims of their time. My grandmother’s foggy mind was focused on protecting her son, hiding his identity – it is why, confused and scared, she destroyed the photographs.

        1. She was confused and thought that her son was taken again. She was hiding the evidence. Sad times, you are absolutely right. One day I will master the courage to write about those times as a reminder and warning.

          1. That would be something I’d really love to read. But I know you’ll have to find the time – and courage, as you say – to fit it in. I imagine it would be an emotional thing for you to do.

  5. Bravo, Inese! Your words and your photographs are equally splendid. Your father was a handsome man and sounds like his heart was just as beautiful. I cannot wait for your story about who your grandmother was afraid of — how you tease us! Lol. Have a wonderful week. ❥ ツ ღ ☻

  6. Beautiful writing, a positive approach to the troubling world by connecting it to photography and a special tribute to an important man in your life.
    I am preparing a post about photography tips, it is still a draft (for months already) and the lighting is my first tip 🙂 Thank you for a great post and quote: “I can make it light. You can make it light. We all can make it light.” ❤

  7. Beautiful Inese – that moon photo is amazing – worth the trek back in the dark I think 🙂 I’ll look forward to reading some of those stories you’ve teased us with!

    1. Thank you so much, Andrea! I will definitely write about my trip to Rome 🙂 Ah, I would go again, any time, if I could. As to my family story – I need a lot of courage to share it. I am not ready yet. Thank you again for stopping by!

    1. Thank you! I would say yes, because I have seen pictures where the light flows from the smaller windows, and it is not that impressive. There are three windows on the top of the dome, but I wouldn’t wait for the sun to climb that high. This pillar of light was great enough. It was amazing to watch it change and grow bigger and thicker, as if it were some living creature.

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