the joy of darkness

Darkness as joy is not as surprising as you might think.  I recall discovering the beauty of Faure’s Requiem Mass and feeling like I had heard the sound of ecstasy or nirvana and I found myself embarrassed that i had a fondness the dark side of life.  I was relatively young when I discovered that the darker emotions had a kind of joy, or a kind of grace to them that the lighter emotions were missing.

So it does not surprise me to find that even now when my life is so full and so exciting that I still find darkness appealing to my sensitivities.  I am drawn to the bold ness of the the dark.  I feel warmed by the darkness in the same way that that I love the warm tones in a musical piece.  I like a poem by John Keats and I enjoy the colors of a sunset in winter when the sky is almost only midnight blue.

What is strange is that I still feel a need to apologize for this propensity.  I think I am strange to enjoy the night, but I love the evening as it stretches and yawns its way to a gentle repose.  Something about the darker registers that provide soothing, no harsh edges, no sharpness to cut into you…nothing jarring about the dark.

I am not going to pursue this idea any further because I hope that the photos have begun an essay of their own.  In a later post I will try to give a more thorough rendition of the joy of darkness.  In the mean time I would love to hear some feed back about these specific photos…

Thanks,   al d

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6 thoughts on “the joy of darkness

  1. Kim says:

    To walk with the darkness is an awakening as to be the light is enlightening. As I close my eyes both are present and I am not afraid but comforted…

    As in all your amazing photos standing tall is the energy in which we will walk with the darkness that we are born from.

  2. bernie butler says:

    Your photo are enchanting , magical and also Haunting. It makes me feel like I’m watching a spirit moving around me when my eyes are almost closed. Almost in a dream state. Very beautiful

  3. Ray says:

    It is only through our dances with death that our character is revealed and tempered by the knowledge of our mortality. We turn a blind eye toward the darkness so that we can focus on light and life. But their it remains always present never yielding…

  4. diane says:

    Your fondness for darkness, I do not share. When captured in it, I grasp for every moving glimpse of light radiated from passing headlights on the street below.
    Light, warmth and Spring are more appealing to my senses. However my appreciation for images that contain dark elements are always with me. The work of Salvador Dali has always had a special place in my heart. As a teen he was the first artist I was drawn to. These photos are so surreal very Salvador Dali, of his wife, Gala. The water is surging, the sky is more than dark it is looming. The whiteness, her pure flower like form in stillness is an enchanting contrast to the raging sea behind her. I want to see more. You have done with photography what Dali could see in his mind. I find that exciting. Cannot wait to share them with Rebecca, she is also an admirer of Dali’s work.

  5. diane says:

    Your fondness for darkness, I do not share. When captured in it, I grasp for every moving glimpse of light radiated from passing headlights on the street below.
    Light, warmth and Spring are more appealing to my senses. However my appreciation for images that contain dark elements are always with me. The work of Salvador Dali has always had a special place in my heart. As a teen he was the first artist I was drawn to. These photos are so surreal very Salvador Dali, of his wife, Gala. The water is surging, the sky is more than dark it is looming. The whiteness, her pure flower like form in stillness is an enchanting contrast to the raging sea behind her. I want to see more. You have done with photography what Dali could see in his mind. I find that exciting. Cannot wait to share them with Rebecca, she is also an admirer of Dali’s work.

  6. jessica says:

    POWERFUL photographs….
    Your work gets better and better.
    Now that I am confident that light is ALWAYS within me, I can venture to the dark for the occasional minor chord, knowing that it won’t engulf me.

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