Sunday, November 20, 2011

Illuminate ~ Week 2 ~ Light

This week’s assignment is about light. We were to think about what the light or darkness meant to us and then we had 2 options in taking photos. I chose to take photos of a treasured object in different light scenarios.

The moment our world forever changed was the day we learned our daughter Carleigh wasn’t going to survive. Some may be surprised for me to say that even in such a difficult time I would not consider it a time of darkness. Light still shone even when it should have been impossible. God gave me the grace to accept the path we had been given even though it hurt so very much. He has kept me focused on the light even in the times when my grief felt heavy. It confounds me when I look back how well I handled everything. Could I handle it in such a manner again if another precious life was taken from me? I pray that I could but just thinking about it overwhelms me.

Perhaps I am more drawn to light because God Himself is a light in my life. I believe if I did not have Him to help get me through the past 2 1/2 years my world would have been very dark.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.
~John 1:5

O Lord, you are my lamp. The Lord lights up my darkness.
~2 Samuel 22:29

Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.
~Psalm 119:105

No longer will you need the sun to shine by day, nor the moon to give its light by night, for the Lord your God will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory.
~Isaiah 60:19

If you think about it light is amazing. All it takes is just a small amount of light to penetrate darkness. Light overcomes darkness. Darkness never overcomes light-never does it swallow the light. I often think of Heaven where there is no darkness at all. The light of God penetrates every corner. It is hard to imagine a place with no shadows and the glory of such light, but my daughter is experiencing it. How amazing it must be!

This week I looked into different kinds of lighting for my photos and I tried my hand at a bunch of different light settings. Some had lots of light and some had only a small light surrounded by darkness. Naturally, I feel drawn to more pictures with more light but it was fun to see how pictures turned out with just a small amount of light. Of course, I had to make sure the camera was very, very still to avoid blurriness when there was almost no light. I managed to take all of my pictures with no flash but also with no special settings (which is how I usually take them since I still haven’t learned hardly any of the functions on my camera even after having it for 2 years!). I also did minimal editing to all of them.

I decided to use Carleigh’s bear for my subject. This bear was given to me by the Mother Baby Unit when we went into the hospital for my induction. The unit knew ahead of time of our situation as they had our birth plan and this was something special that they did for us and our daughter.

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I hope everyone who is suffering in the darkness can find hope in the light, no matter how small it may be.

12 comments:

Beryl said...

What a beautifully written post Holly. To be bathed in light even in the face of such grief takes such bravery. You are a beautiful soul. I love Carleigh's bear for this assignment. You can truly feel the different moods with just a slight change in the light. I think my favorites are your 3rd and 4th image (at sunrise or sunset maybe)? The sun flare in that 4th one is incredible. The last image is a truly powerful one too. Something about it - the darkness with that one glowing spotlight just draws me in. Thank you for filling our hearts with your light in this post.

Liz said...

Such a cute bear! I love the photos that you took. I like how you also included God and light into your post. All to often when something like this happens people turn away. Even though I have been mad at God for putting me on this path, he has also put a lot of light in my life in a way I would have never expected. Thank you for sharing the verses about light as well. They are very helpful.

Melissa said...

Although my grief journey has definitely had much darkness, I do also believe that much of the light I have experienced has been shown to me by God and I love those scriptures you shared. You did such a great job showing Carleigh's sweet bear in different light.

CynthiaS said...

i love this post! No time for more comment but wanted to let you know I "stopped" by!

Kristie said...

That bear is so sweet and I think you captured all the various light sources so beautifully. Your words were also so touching and well written.

missingjonah said...

Love your pictures and scriptures! The last two pictures are my favorite! Very sweet!!

Fireflyforever said...

I love what you wrote about finding light. It has been a constnat struggle for me to choose light over darkness and I haven't always succeeded.

I adored all the pictures, particularly Carleigh's bear at sunset.

Kelly @ Sufficient Grace Ministries said...

Beautiful pictures...and I loved your thoughts on light and the scriptures you shared. Perfect.

Deanna said...

I love the last two photos. They are both very angelic. Beautiful.

Sarita Boyette said...

Holly - your photography & your words are so poetic. I really enjoyed this post about light & how it can relate to our grief. And the fact that God is a light in our lives - I don't know where I would be without Him.

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learningtosmileagain said...

I love the comment about how darkness never overtakes the light, so very true! And you are so creative. Love all of the different lights you chose for Carleigh's bear. Thanks for sharing!

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