November-December 2014 … The Global Online Magazine of Arts, Information & Entertainment … Volume 10, Number 6
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Cheryl Carter-Pierce / Photography

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First Light

 

“FIRST LIGHT”   is a photographic series I started in the winter of 2008.  I had moved to coastal Maine where the winters are long, dark and very cold.  Insomnia  became the unlikely catalyst for this three-year-project to capture images of the first light rising over a nearby island.  Night after night I found myself staring out of the windows at 3 a.m. watching the indigo sky begin its morning glow – and I was completely enthralled.

All photography is light-dependent and all photographers know the sweet spot of early morning, but I had never experienced the dynamic complexity of colors emerging over the sea as the earth rotated from darkness into the fierce rays of the sun.  The panoramic view was dazzling and I became a zealous participant in this daily rhythm, eagerly moving into the frigid air with my camera for another attempt to record the moment.

These images represent some of those moments.  Moments that I replay like a slide show in my mind’s eye.  Moments that are deeply humbling for their reminder of the infinite vastness and unending gifts of our universe.

I have long believed that we are all simple travelers on this earth, humans and other species alike, and that all creatures share the same right to peace, without threat to life or habitat.  We humans have lost our way.  This earth, our home,  is not a limitless resource for us to ravage at will for it does not belong to us; we are but trustees.  And, we are failing our mission.

– Cheryl Carter-Pierce

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Cheryl Carter-Pierce / First Light

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The photographs in this feature are on exhibit at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, CO.  The exhibition is on display until September 28, 2013, and include  images from the Maine coast.

Contact the photographer at cherylinfo@mac.om