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.