Day 216: Something Beautiful—The Personalities of Light

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!



About vbassoc

Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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