Photographers, like all visual artists, are intrigued by light. We train our eyes to notice it bouncing off the surface of objects and creating reflections in unlikely places.
On a recent flight, I looked out the window and spotted the Southwest Airlines logo reflected on the wing of the plane.
I also spotted the dual reflections of palm trees and a beach in the sunglasses of my dear friend Susan, right before she boarded a cruise ship and headed for the Caribbean.
“Reflection” is also a powerful tool for creative artists who look inside themselves and reveal profound truths through their work. For me, the French sculptor Auguste Rodin is a truly great artist, who can visualize powerful emotions and thoughts in unyielding mediums like stone and metal. This sculpture, housed in the Brooklyn Museum, is carved out of highly polished and reflective bronze, so the light rims the edges, creating a glow and animating the work.
And finally, this quote by Jane Austen shows the inherent contradictions of reflection.
“Reflection must be reserved for solitary hours; whenever she was alone, she gave way to it as the greatest relief; and not a day went by without a solitary walk, in which she might indulge in all the delight of unpleasant recollections.”
― Jane Austen
Reflection is solitary, which can be a relief, but it can also dredge up unpleasant thoughts and memories. As a writer, I value reflection and treasure its illuminating thoughts. It’s an essential part of my work. When life becomes hectic and I am deprived of thinking time, I become grumpy and irritable. I believe I can speak for all artists and say: without it, our work is flat, dull and superficial. With it, we can create our finest work. But tell me your thoughts. Do you agree or disagree?
To view other “reflections,” click the links below.
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