A Year of Light

UNESCO declared 2015 the International Year of Light with the intention of highlighting the vital role light plays in our everyday lives. In response to this, Michaela posted a photographic observation of light on her Twitter feed each day of the year. Through the repetition of this small action, a larger cumulative artwork emerged. The project became a visual essay about the process of observation and the interactions between light and matter.

Each day, light framed an object in such a way that it could be viewed differently, or produced a colour, composition or contrast so beautiful that it was a pleasure to observe and document. Often the image content was very ordinary, a view from a window, a patch of sunlight, a shadow or a reflection, but each of these observations revealed an insight into both the nature of light and the process and experience of seeing it.

Over the year light became the visual focus, taking priority over the materials or objects it illuminated. Whilst the interaction between light and matter is limited to only four basic interactions; transmission, emission, reflection and absorption, the visual possibilities of light
appear infinite. The final collection of 365 images are a small testament to these many possibilities.

I was invited to publish an article about my Year of Light project on the official IYL Blog which featured stories about the complexity and utility of light in the arts, sciences, technologies and medicine. The final collection of 365 images were exhibited in Catching the Light, Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury and The Observer Effect, Hockney Gallery, London. A limited edition ‘A Year of Light’ artist’s book will be published in April 2017.