Mehr Licht

Photograph by ©Omar Upegui R.

This picture was shot in Taboga early in the morning, when the sun was piercing through the dark clouds in the sky.  It was a struggle between light and darkness.

This brings me to the controversy about the last words of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the German poet, novelist, playwright, courtier, and scientist, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 – 1832) is widely accepted as being one of the key figures in Western culture.

Some historians say that Goethe’s last words were Mehr Licht! (More Light).  Others will argue that this is not true.

He spent the evening before his death discussing optical phenomena with his daughter-in-law.

All of the above might lead us to believe that his celebrated deathbed cry of Mehr Licht! (More light!) was a plea for increased enlightenment before dying. The truth appears to be more prosaic. What he actually said (in German) was:

“Do open the shutter of the bedroom so that more light may enter.”

The controversy continues to this very day.

Regardless about which group of historians owns the truth, the fact of the matter is, that we must let light in if we want to succeed in photography.  In this field everything gravitates towards light.  Yes, Mr. Goethe, you were right, let more light in.

Good Day!


2 thoughts on “Mehr Licht”

    1. Light has been and will continue to be a fascinating subject. The subject has been used in religion, science, philosophy, photography, painting and the whole nine yards. In this case light was used to explain the weather phenomenon of day break. Yep, I think it is interesting as well.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s