A Light in the Desert
THE LIGHT IN THE DESERT- TEXAS MONTHLY (May 2015.)
No two days ever look the same. I’ve seen an obsidian sky with one sunset–orange cloud in the middle. If you painted it, no one would believe it. I've seen a black sky on the left, and a sunny blue sky on the right. I’ve seen rain, it’s line defined, and walked over to touch it.
I did not take a photograph the first six months I lived here. I would hike to a site and watch the light all day. I made some glasses out of welding goggles and Kodak Wratten 90 gel filters, and wore them everywhere, to see the mountains for their luminosity and not their color.
Light–that elusive component that makes or breaks every image. You can study its physics, but to learn it in life you must be in it. Watch the shadows and pay attention.