Tag Archives: light

141. Heavenly (Light conclusions)

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Everything is illuminated. This becomes more obvious to those with eyes to see, by the presence of the Light of the World. The light within creation and scripture rises up to greet with a kiss, his living presence within us. We can only witness this if we are truly paying attention. Light everywhere teaches us about the reflection of the divine nature contained within all created things and beings, and shows us that almost anything can be deemed beautiful.

The interplay of shadows and light, of dark and bright, of colour and shade, is a divine dance all around us. Delineation keeps us from wandering out of the cosmos of experience entirely, and holds all things in place. Sometimes the light dazzles, creates awe and splendour, other times it is subtle and soft. But always it enables a deeper seeing.

Next, we shall be looking at the way aesthetics enables our spiritual sight.

text and photo © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2017

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140. Indoor Rainbow (Light 13)

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God’s promises hold fast indoors as well as in the heavens, and his spectrum of love is both clearly divisible into the named colours we are so familiar with, and yet so full of nuances and gradation, that all of the wavelengths are inseparably necessary in creating the whole.

text and photo © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2017

139. Bands of Cloud (Light 12)

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Sometimes the delineation we spoke of the other day is very clear in the sky. A band of clouds like this can seem like a barrier, or a shoreline in the sky, or a rolling wave, a deep and sudden contrast to the clear, vast seeming emptiness of the rest of the heavens. This is our old friend juxtaposition at work again too, for this line makes the light airy space appear even more huge. It reminds us that light and dark are complimentary in the visual world, and that life, like the weather, can visit drastic change upon us in mere moments.

text and photo © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2017

138. Flowers (Light 11)

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These camellias were growing just outside the local church, in their tiny courtyard. The vibrancy of their colour stopped me in my wheelchair tracks, and the beauty of their shape too, but most of all, the way the sunlight reflected off their silken swirls, creating a haze of delicate light.

It often seems to me that the wonder of the world is not such beauty, but that people can pass by it without being astounded by such abundant grace. My astonishment is that some people barely see these out of the corner of their eye and think, “they’re just flowers.”

text and photo © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2017

137. Windows (Light 10)

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Windows are where we let the light in to our buildings, and are the lenses through which we see the world. Our eyes are the “windows to our soul” and gazing into them can tell other people a lot about us, strange as that may seem. Likewise, how our soul has a lot of say in how our sight is configured. Our world view is more influenced by the beliefs of our heart and the workings of our inner world than by the images that form on our retinae.

text and photo © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2017

136. Lines (Light 9)

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The lines that are created by the absence of light, by shadow, are crucial to our lives. Boundaries, like this fence, and each delineation of panel, keep us sane. We need to have things broken up, cordoned off, edged, else we would just be lost in a sea of vastness, as we are when we look at the sky or the ocean. It is not something we are built to comprehend, this eternity, even though it is the entirety we are created to grow into, serving as we do, an infinite God. In this earthly life, we have need of our caves and our borders, our separateness. Once we begin to understand that we are all one, then we can let go of them a little at a time, like easing out rope.

text and photo © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2017

135. Haloes (Light 8)

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Light around a shape, whether (and weather) it is a cloud or a head, is described as a halo. We might think of it as an aura, or a kind of glow, that we often ascribe to coming from within, a measure of saintliness.  When used in art to show holiness, it is often depicted around the whole person of Jesus as an “aureole” or “glory,” whilst lesser saints only have holy heads.

I would not like to know how much light I give off, I think that I would only start to measure it, as human beings tend to do, wondering if I have more Watts than the rest of the pew… as usual I would be thinking of things back to front, for however much our light shines, it is all the grace of God, given, not earned.

text and photo © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2017

 

134. Silhouette (Light 7)

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Silhouettes are a way of using the contrast between light and its absence to make us focus more on the dark, and use the light as a background. This is odd, when you think about it, it rather goes against the grain of our conditioned thinking, the same as when artists use negative space. I personally love the work of Lotte Reiniger and Jan Pienkowski, who are masters of the silhouette, used for storytelling, and am hoping to use the same concept in some of my art and illustration.

text and photo © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2017

 

133. Joy (light 6)

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I find light filtering through into my life a joyful thing. When depression strikes, many people find the need to shut out the light. We draw the curtains and find somehow the false crepuscular half-light suits our mood better. Bright light can be simply too much, harsh or blinding, and this goes for those of us who suffer with processing disorders too. Lots of times during my illness I have needed to protect my eyes against the sunlight and artificial light in shops when my brain simply could not take it on board. Soft light, dappling through a curtain, or trees, or both, as here, has a gentle sweetness that lifts my spirits.

text and photo © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2017

 

132. Finding our Way (light 5)

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Light is how we find our way around. If you look closely at the peony bud in this photo you can just see a bumble bee taking flight. He or she was careering madly from one bud to another, clearly drawn to the sugary nectar, but frustrated because the buds weren’t yet open for business.

I am quite glad, if I’m honest, that light is the preferred navigation system of our species, but how different life would be if we followed our noses! Instead of the wide and narrow ways, Jesus might have talked of the sweet way lined with roses and the stinky alley, and asked us which one we might be prepared to follow him down.

text and photo © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2017