Something Beautiful is a self-imposed initiative to find a visual feast for each day of a year.
The photos taken in Alaska impressed in me for two reasons tied closely to design. One, scale. The most magnificent and large images of the land cannot capture the hugeness, the scale—Wood-Tikchik State Park in Alaska is 1,600,000 acres. Alaska’s Bering Glacier is the world’s largest (5200 sq km) and longest (190km). Hard to wrap your mind around what things that size look like.
The other thing that struck me in my photos was light. The extraordinary way colors change under the midnight sun. The position of the sun would remind you of dusk but the light is different than our 5pm summer sky—I cannot describe except to say that the hue and character of the light are unique.
Architects will tell you that light has different qualities or characteristics depending on location. I would add an addendum that the surrounding weather and adjacent colors transform the impression of light. A stunning example of light effects on architecture is Instanbul, Turkey’s Hagia Sophia. First a cathedral largest then a mosque and a museum since 1935. Imagine its nature without the surrounding blue—without the exuberant crayon colored neighbors. Oh, light has personality—oh la luce ha personalità!