Radical Amazement

Looking through my Photos library, it is obvious that I take a lot of pictures during the time around sunrise. Many are of the sun peeking above the horizon, but the more interesting ones are of the piccaninny dawn.

Images of the sun just above the horizon can be quite stunning, however the light sometimes lacks a certain delicacy. The sun is out there, in your face, without any subtlety, “like a bridegroom coming from his pavilion, like a champion in the course to be run”, or like Helios’ chariot drawn by four winged steeds.

This particular morning as I turned into the street that leads to the sea, I was struck by what I saw. “Look at that light!”, I whispered. The little Fuji X70 was up to the job.

Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement. ….get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible; never treat life casually. To be spiritual is to be amazed.

Abraham Joshua Heschel

About the author Rien

dutch by birth 🇳🇱 | australian by choice 🇦🇺 | type 1 diabetic 💉 | married ❤️⚭ | grandfather 👴🏻 | fujifilm photographer 📷 | boat builder and sailor ⛵️ | seeker no more 🚫📖

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  1. To capture amazement radically, one needs to be there when it’s happening. I get up in the morning and think: shit, I’m still here.

    Everything is incredible, your photography is testament to that.



    1. Thanks, Edi. Next time I’m staying at your house I’ll take a pic of you when you wake up!



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