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Of night and light and the half-light

I subscribed to’s The Big Picture a few months ago and have seen some really beautiful photos from around the world. Today the site features photos from Mumbai. One photo in particular really moved me. The lighting makes the woman’s hands look like those of a statue, every wrinkle and vein seemingly hewn out of stone. The woman wears a dark veil and her face is shadowed. The points of warm light from the candles in the background make a great contrast to the cold lighting in the foreground: “Enwrought with golden and silver light… Of night and light and the half-light”. It’s the kind of picture that is moving even out of context.

I remember (Great) Grandmom Green having a little statue of two hands praying… at least I think that was what it was. The memory is pretty fuzzy now.