Sunday Light Studies

by Landis Carey on April 4, 2011

Some days I drag my camera around the city, hoping to stumble upon inspiration. On those days my neck or shoulder ache from its weight and I often arrive home empty. Perhaps my senses aren’t hightened enough when I’m prepared or seeking because you can truly look around anywhere and find beauty.

But finding yourself in an unexpected moment and capturing beauty in a frame is quite a different story. It’s magical.

This collection of frames was taken within the first 20 minutes of waking on Sunday.

It was early and I hadn’t intended to rise before 9, but sure enough, it was just past 7.

The light was streaming in the windows on the southeast side of our house. It reached all the way into our bedroom, highlighting the walls and, specifically, the door handle to our closet.

When I realized this was a moment I wasn’t seeking but one that had found me, I crawled out of bed, grabbed my camera and began studying the light as it turned throughout, making white walls appear blue and livening the cold morning space. I was in a dream-like state and so was the light as it played on our painted walls and textured surfaces.

I made my way down the stairs into the living room. Patches of light were all around, our radiators were glowing as well as the electrical cord and base of a favorite lamp.

Out on the porch I realized I was fully awake. It was chilly but the sun was telling me the season was shifting.

The textures on the porch glowed. The sun warmed almost every chair in the space as well as the couch. The cat went spent the rest of the morning there; he was in heaven.

Back in the dining room I had to visit a series of images I’d shown in my senior show (in college). For those, I had photographed highlighted interior surfaces as well. They were in my childhood home, taken the day before my parents sold it. Through the process of photographing that space I realized my memories there were bound with texture and light.

So, to close, I share those images, framed and hung in our current home, highlighted with the light of our current life. And they, too, are captured in a frame.

(Images: Landis Carey)

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Sally Sherman April 4, 2011 at 10:09 am

Your way with a camera and words makes the reader feel the early morning mood, and is right there. Beautifully done.


Landis Carey April 4, 2011 at 10:38 am

Thanks, Sally!


Heather Austin April 4, 2011 at 2:53 pm

I enjoyed walking through your home with you. I would also love to see your senior project some day


Landis Carey April 4, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Thank you, Heather! Can’t wait to show you the images when you visit :)


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