Weekly Photo Challenge: Let There Be Light

She caught my eye on the Magnificent Mile in Chicago. A glamorous model, cloaked in fur, dressed for a photo shoot. Illuminated by dozens of white and blue lights, she cocked her head to one side, tipped her chin and posed for the camera.

Lights, camera.  Chicago.  Magnificent Mile.

Lights, camera. Chicago. Magnificent Mile.

But look closely. There’s a secret in her eyes.  In the dim light, the model looks real.   In truth, “she” is just a mannequin.  The truth is in the eyes.  Without light in them, they are not human.  This is also true in the next photo of the magnificent funereal sarcophagus of the Egyptian queen.  The mask can only approximate the beauty and vitality of the living, breathing woman.

Egyptian Queen, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Egyptian Queen, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

As photographers, our eyes are trained to focus on the light–its ebb and flow, its slant, its intensity.   At this dark time of year, we chase it–even as it fades and disappears from view.   That is the challenge and the excitement of it!  Happy hunting, fellow photographers!

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