“I SEE THE LIGHT” – MERCIA RAATH-BOSHOFF
Photography to me has that special place in my heart, the place I smile from, the place I find my creativity from, that place I was always looking for. Years back, my late father suggested that I do a photography course, I think somehow he knew what it would awaken within me, to this day I can never thank him enough.
I like to think he saw the light that was hiding inside me, waiting to somehow come out. I finished my Photography studies in 2001, but I never really experienced that perfect moment of really capturing that one great image, but what I did not know is that it takes a lot of work and time.
I keep telling our students that you will have a moment, like I did, where it all makes sense, not only in technical ability, but the moment you open your mind´s eye and see the light.
The light to me came in the form of 10 days of gruelling self motivation, early mornings, late evenings, photographing in Mozambique at our family Lodge.
I can confess, once I saw the light, I could not stop, a force so strong that I ran out of my precious slide film, and my Nikon F90x´s shutter was silent.
I had to spend 2 days of my journey – without a single frame to capture on, however I took images with my eyes, they are literately burned into my mind, and I can see them still, even better I have all the emotions, sounds and the Mozambican breeze that wisps past me to accompany them.
My message to you, my reader, without a passion of motivation and the basic ingredients of light and vision that makes up images , I would not be writing this letter.
To my friend photography, I´m grateful to know you, you are my journey.
To my late father, I miss you every day, I thank you for seeing so much more in me, and the gift of light that only you knew was there.
– Mercia –
PS – This earth hour, why not switch the lights off, close your eyes and see the light?