From darkness to light… or vice versa?


I had another nice vacation day today, visiting a friend in Boston whom I haven’t seen in ten years. We used to go to museums and historical sites together in Rome, and today we picked up where we left off by visiting the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Good art, good conversation, good food… what more could one ask for?

Here’s another photo I found languishing in a folder on my hard drive – from Switzerland, like yesterday’s photo, but this one is from inside the Chateaux de Chillon. I like the contrast of the light coming in from the window on the right, and the darkness of the door leading inwards and down. I think it can be seen as a passage in either direction; optimists would think of the window as the first thing that you would see after emerging from the castle’s dark dungeon; the pessimist would think of the window as the last light you see before being submerged in the gloom.

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About Matthew Green

I am an origami artist and photographer (and teacher of both), a blogger, a freelance translator, former philosophy professor, and I love to sing. You can see my photos on Flickr and buy prints of some of them on Fine Art America. You can find me on Instagram, Twitter (@mehjg), and in various and sundry other social media sites on the web.
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One Response to From darkness to light… or vice versa?

  1. I’d go with the optimistic version today, because I’m having an optimistic year.
    It’s a very striking shot; the lighting is fairy tale-like, and the composition builds a totally mysterious atmosphere. I’d love to find out what is at the end of the path, and what hides behind the closed door.

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