It has been raining for months where I live. Other parts of the country have had snow, snow and more snow. It’s easy to complain and yearn for sunshine and spring, but sunshine and spring will come in their own time. Meanwhile, there are things we can do, learn and photograph in the cold of winter, during the rainy days that come all year long. And so, I share … the lightbox.
Our cameras (all cameras) are boxes that capture light – Receivers. A lightbox is a Giver of light – one that we can use in many different ways. Take flowers, for example. Flowers are one of my favorite subjects, and they are absolutely wonderful for high-key images that sing on their own. They also lend themselves to further explorations with textures, line, shape and design and creative post processing.
I’ve made it a goal to learn new ways to express myself as a visual artist with a camera. The lightbox technique has been on my list and provides another option for photography on less-than-ideal weather days – when the muse is calling, and when I ache to follow that call.