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Friday, May 2, 2008

Magical Light

The name of this post is inspired by a new friend, and an old soul.
I've been sorting through my photos, finding the ones where light, or the absence of it, made its mark on an image.
Thank you, my friend, for the inspiration. I'm wishing all of you a day touched by a spark of magic.

Light gives of itself freely, filling all available space. It does not seek anything in return; it asks not whether you are friend or foe. It gives of itself and is not thereby diminished. ~ Michael Strassfeld

Leaf, Botanical Gardens

Cherry Blossoms, Japanese Tea Garden

Gate, Haight-Ashbury

There are two ways of spreading light; to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. ~ Edith Wharton

Dancer, San Francisco Dance Center

When you possess light within, you see it externally. ~ Anaïs Nin

Carousel horse, Golden Gate Park

Carousel horse, Golden Gate Park

In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary. ~ Aaron Rose

Pagoda, Japanese Tea Garden
Brick wall, Gold Alley
Hotel Essex, Tenderloin

What is true by lamplight is not always true by sunlight. ~ Joseph Joubert

Green wall, Yerba Buena Gardens

Bix, Gold Alley

Street lamp, Sutter Street

All photos are in my flickr account, too. All happily taken by me.


La Tanguerita May 2, 2008 at 11:01 AM  

Purely magic!:-)

NYC Tango Pilgrim May 2, 2008 at 11:24 AM  


Beautiful, beautiful shots!!!

tangobaby May 2, 2008 at 11:34 AM  

Dear La Tanguerita,

I thought of your post about the birch trees when I chose that first photo.


Dear TP,

Someday I hope you will dig up some of your photos to share. I am sure they are wonderful.

Thank you for the compliments, guys!

Anonymous May 2, 2008 at 12:24 PM  

You have made my day by so clearly delineating your understanding of the subtle and complex relationship of light, perception and emotion. I'm happy to have been a source of inspiration and am honored by your words.

One thing of which I am absolutely certain: for you, photography will be a never-ending source of delight.

tangobaby May 2, 2008 at 2:49 PM  

Hi upfromthedeep,

You are a huge inspiration to me. I look at everything differently because of you.

I used to think I could only be happy if I had a pair of dance shoes in my bag. Now I know I need to have a camera and extra batteries too.

msHedgehog May 2, 2008 at 4:22 PM  

You're really getting into this!

They're great. I'm all inspired, I'm going to have to go and post one of mine now. But not a 'light-and-shadow' one, something else.

tangobaby May 2, 2008 at 4:37 PM  

Hi Ms. Hedgehog!

If you'll remember a looooong time ago, you were the very first person I asked about camera advice.

You failed to tell me that photography is as addictive as tango...but I'm not upset at all.

Can't wait to see your photos.


paris parfait May 4, 2008 at 11:39 AM  

Gorgeous, gorgeous post - such light IS pure magic! Wonderful photos and philosophy - thanks for sharing it today. xoxox

tangobaby May 5, 2008 at 10:46 AM  

Thank you, Paris Parfait. You know especially the satisfaction of what a camera around your neck can show you!


Mary-Laure May 6, 2008 at 10:42 AM  

Beautiful, beautiful post! I love the pictures and the quotations - especially the one by Edith Wharton.

tangobaby May 6, 2008 at 12:46 PM  

Thank you, Mary-Laure, for the compliment. And I am with you...I love Edith Wharton, too.

Did you know she lived on the rue de Varenne in the 7eme? Smart lady.