Through The Lens Thursday #11: Dark

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Through The Lens Thursday is a one-year photography project, where every week, my project partner, Greta of GFunkified and I, will post a picture (or pictures) we have taken based on a prompt. Our hope is that together, we can teach and learn from each other, stay accountable to our goal of improving our skills, and hopefully, be taking some gorgeous photographs. 

A photography project

This week’s prompt is “Dark”.

Dark floor

Shot with a Canon EOS Rebel SL1
1/10, f/5.6, ISO 3200

A few of my friends are going through a very difficult time right now. A dark time where they cannot see the light. A time where a perpetual cloud hangs over their heads, and they don’t know how to fix it.

I wish I knew how to fix things for them. I wish I could beat that darkness away, and bring them some light. I am too far away physically to offer a shoulder, or a helping hand. I only have my words, and virtual friendship to offer.

So here are my words, my friends.

Just like in my photo above, there is always light in the dark.  The light peeking out from underneath the door (that’s what the picture is, by the way) – that is a peek into what’s outside, what’s possible, what’s new. You see those colors there? They are like possibilities

The Chinese believe in yin and yang – that seemingly contrary forces are actually interconnected, and that they give rise to each other. Without darkness, there is no light. Without negatives, there are no positives. Without a challenge, there is no acceptance. So my friends, believe that there is an interconnectedness between what you feel now, and what will happen tomorrow.

It’s dark now, but it will be light tomorrow. Hang on in there.  

(What do you think of my ‘dark’ photo? This IS a photography exercise, so I would appreciate any critique!)

Next week’s prompt: Door

For the full list of prompts, check out my Through The Lens Thursday page. If you’d like to join Greta and I, but not necessarily blog your picture, join our Flickr group, where we upload our photos, and give comments, or helpful critique on each other’s photographs.

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Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).

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  • March 13, 2014 Rorybore

    I feel fairly sheepish that I have been sitting here for about 10 minutes trying to figure out what the shot was — only to read your (awesome!) post and discover you tell us.

    fantastic shot. love it. just that hint of light in the darkness.
    and the way you weaved it into such a supportive and encouraging letter of love to your friends: brilliant.
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    • March 16, 2014 Alison

      You’re too kind, thank you!

  • March 13, 2014 Emily

    Lovely, loving post. I hate that feeling of not being able to help those in dark times. Your words about yin-yang are a great reminder.
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    • March 16, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Emily.

  • March 13, 2014 Kerstin

    I love love love this picture and all the possibilities it hold. It’s mysterious and promising and so encouraging. And believe me when I tell you that your words are as comforting as a real-life hug.
    I believe in yin and yang as well, even have a yin-yang tattooed on my back 🙂
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    • March 16, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Kerstin. I’m so glad you feel that way.
      And cool, I like that you have a yin yang tattoo!

  • March 13, 2014 Allie

    I love your dark photo and I love your message even more. It can be relatable for everyone – not just your friends. I do hope they can see the light and possibilities!!
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    • March 16, 2014 Alison

      I hope so too, Allie, and thank you.

  • March 13, 2014 Allie

    “It’s dark now, but there will be light tomorrow.” I love that!@ The photo is great, but the words are powerful. Wishing the best for your friend.

    • March 16, 2014 Alison

      Thank you so much, Allie.

  • March 13, 2014 Tamara

    Love it.
    And I feel like many people are going through horrendous things right now – illness and divorce seem on the rise. For people my age! It’s been a rough winter’s end, I guess.
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    • March 16, 2014 Alison

      I hope it’s just seasonal too. May Spring bring forth some light and joy!

  • March 13, 2014 AwesomelyOZ

    Great photo and message Alison – wishing you and those around you great health and strength during these times. And I’m hoping you don’t have anyone on that missing flight.. I’t scary as hell I’m reading on it every few minutes. Wishing you peace Alison! -Iva
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    • March 16, 2014 Alison

      No, I don’t know anyone on that plane, thankfully. It is all very mysterious right now. Sigh.

  • March 13, 2014 Nina

    I really appreciate the deeper take here of light in the darkness. It’s great and a message we can all use.
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    • March 16, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Nina.

  • March 13, 2014 Clare at CatsEatDogs

    This was such a hard one. I like your peek from under the door, the lines are clear and sharp and it makes you think about what is there.
    I am working on photos I took last night and this morning. Clare x
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    • March 16, 2014 Alison

      That was the effect I was hoping for. Thank you.

  • March 13, 2014 Kir

    I love the picture, love the small sliver of hope it offers in the darkness.
    I felt a small pinpoint of light at the center of me reading those incredible words.
    You are the light Alison…YOU. xo
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    • March 16, 2014 Alison

      I’m so glad Kir. You are a light for me too! xo

  • March 13, 2014 Alexa

    It’s a very cool photo, and I love the explanation that goes with it. Always light in the dark…
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    • March 16, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Alexa.

  • March 14, 2014 Christine

    Oh Alison. I love this photo and post. There is always light in the dark, it’s true. Thank you for the reminder.
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    • March 16, 2014 Alison

      Thank you for reading, Christine.

  • March 14, 2014 My Inner Chick

    Quite True, Alison Lee,

    if there were only darkness, I would have diminished long ago.

    There is always glimmers of light to cling to.

    Love to you, sweets. xxxx
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    • March 16, 2014 Alison

      Do you know that through your words, you show us the light all the time? For that, thank you. xo

  • March 14, 2014 Elaine A.

    This is way cool. I really like your take on it. And I pray there is light just around the corner for your (also my) friends. 🙂

    • March 16, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, and me too.

  • March 14, 2014 Julia

    I believe that too that there is always light even when it’s dark. Good luck to your friends.
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    • March 16, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Julia.

  • March 14, 2014 Laura

    You. You’ve given me butterflies. Thank you for your words. I feel like they were for me. xo
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    • March 16, 2014 Alison

      They are, my friend. xo

  • March 15, 2014 Marta

    I love this, both in the message and the photo (which I didn’t realize what it was until you said!)

    I think we all need reminding sometimes that there is light flickering and waiting for us on the otherside of this darkness.
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    • March 16, 2014 Alison

      Yes, yes we do.

  • March 17, 2014 Amanda

    Lovely. Wishing for light through a window, sun escaping form behind the cloud and warming your friends and carrying their worry away.
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  • March 18, 2014 Natalie

    So true my friend…so true
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  • March 19, 2014 Ann

    I was at a museum last week, & this reminds me of one of the pictures there. According to the artist, all of her paintings/etchings/drawings are 4’x 2″. Something this size really makes you stand back & look at the whole picture, but then move up to see all the little details.
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    • March 19, 2014 Alison

      That’s really interesting! And thank you!

  • March 19, 2014 Kim

    I love the perspective of your photo and your words, my friend. So true, the light is there.
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    • March 19, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Kim.

  • March 20, 2014 Becky Schroeder

    In the dark with glimmers of light. These photos speak to me. Thank you!

    • March 20, 2014 Alison

      I hope you see more light than dark soon, Becky!

  • March 24, 2014 Andrea

    I love how light breaks up the dark, even if you don’t know what is in the light yet. It’s a promise that you hold onto when the darkness surrounds you.

    It’s exactly how I see this photo. I can’t work out what I’m looking at, even though my eye naturally goes to that sliver of light.
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    • March 24, 2014 Alison

      I’m glad you see what you see in the photo, Andrea!

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