Sunday, December 1, 2013

Image of the Month: December 2013

These images for the month of December are significant in that it represents the convergence of multiple sources;  holiday celebrations and the origin of photography.  Beginning with the holidays, Hanukkah is also referred to as the Festival of Lights, while Christmas has always been associated with colorful displays of light decorations adorning trees, buildings or landscapes.  The two triptychs titled, "Festival of Light" celebrates not only two religious holidays of Hanukkah and Christmas but also the true meaning of the word photography which was first used by Sir John F. W. Herschel in 1939.  The literal translation of photography is derived from the Greek words photos (light) and graphein (to draw); so the actual phrase of "drawing with light" was the original interpretation of the word photography.

© Joanne Scherf
The origin of these images were the holiday lights that adorn the downtown streets of Rochester, Michigan where storefronts are completely covered in bright lights.  Since I love the challenge of presenting familiar objects or scenes in a non-traditional manner these abstract images are the result of me "drawing with light" as I used my camera as an extension of my creative vision.  The abstraction occurred as a result of how I used my camera and not any magical voodoo done post-production with a computer.  So with Hanukkah beginning on November 27 and Christmas not far beyond, I thought this bold, abstract, and colorful display of lights in a way commemorates the celebration of major religious holidays for two very different cultures while at the same time honoring the true meaning of the word, photography.

© Joanne Scherf
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