Sunday, March 27, 2011

Light and Darkness: The Search

Light is an amazing element in architecture. If you can control the light, you can control how people feel inside a space.

When I consider light in architecture, I like to think of Caravaggio. A genius painter on the control of light and dark in his paintings. He highlighted scenes in his paintings to create a theatrical effect by manipulating light and darkness. He told a story with such control and the paintings captivate whoever looking at them.
It is such an idea of light manipulation that I really like, controlling the light to tell a story and create an anticipation and climax in architecture.

But above we can't speak of light without darkness. Light and darkness is equally important.
How can we appreciate light without darkness?
What will light be without darkness?
Is darkness really an opposite of light?
Does darkness exist or darkness is just an absent of light?
How can we know how much light or darkness is enough in order to create a scene?

The questions of light and darkness continues on. The greatness does not lie on the answer, but in the process of searching for answer. One must contemplate and meditate searching for the answer, in doing so our thought are trained.
Therefore, it is important for us to keep exploring and trying something new.
Let us not settle to our comfort zone in this search.

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