Let There Be Light!

Let there be light! Many of you already know that the photo in photography means light. More often than not, though, we shy…

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Hanoi lamp shop, by Ben Huberman.

Let there be light! Many of you already know that the photo in photography means light. More often than not, though, we shy away from actually showing its source in our photos. In time for the shortest days of the year (at least in the northern hemisphere), let’s give our trusty lightbulbs, flickering candles, and pedestrian street lamps their due respect.


We’re entering a truly light-filled season. Christmas trees, Hanukkah menorahs, and Kwanzaa kinaras are spreading their glow in homes the world over (or are just about to), while main streets and public buildings are being prepared for the winter holidays with an explosion of bright decorations.

Take a look around you. Choose one of the light sources you see, and make it the focus of your challenge entry. It can be a dramatic chandelier or a pair of dying candles; the moon, a row of glaring lightbulbs in the parking lot, or a gaudy lava lamp stored in your attic: anything goes. The light doesn’t even have to be switched on: some lamps are just as fascinating for their shape as for the photons they emit.


It’s your turn to light up the comment section!

— Ben

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  1. one of my most memorable experiences in budapest was the evening cruise on the danube river. it was simply magical to behold the city after dark with its landmarks bathed in light and strauss playing in the background. unfortunately, my point=and-shoot digital camera wasn’t quite up to capture the moment the way i’d wanted it to.


      1. I did indeed, I did the same but I kidnapped my neighbours garden gnome and took him to Bulgaria with me and send my neighbour emails from his gnome with him laying on the beach, in the pool, on top of roman columns, it was fun. But tragedy happened at the airport, the customs men smashed him open as they suspected that he was carrying drugs on the inside. I had sealed the hole in the bottom just incase no strange beasties got in and the noticed this on the bag search….. Poor Gary, we got him back in a see through bag and he now lays at rest in my neighbours garden and a single daffodil flowers every year.
        As for me being like your Justin, I did have his teeth when I was a child, I cannot sing either……. btw did you come to Scotland? If not, why not and if you do come, forget the capital, its full of tourist and over rated, come to my 11th century cathedral city with one of only two 11th century complete round towers and the gate way to the Scottish mountains, largest nature reserves in Scotland, one of the longest protected beaches in the UK and of course me, who live in the county of Angus where Scotland was born and the land of the Picts. I will be your guide. :-)


  2. Hi! This is my first ever time joining the weekly photo challenge. “Autumn Illumination in Japan” – What do you think?

    Also, there are so many entries here, I tried to be a good neighbour and visit some of them, but it’s impossible to go to them all! (>_<) If you stop by my post and say hi I promise to stop by yours as well! Cheers!


  3. Ben’s photo–and its juxtaposition with the Creator’s command–Let there be light, made me think of Charles Baudelaire’s Paris Spleen, a sort of precursor of a blog. I like the space it opens up.

    I’ve posted a few entries: