The light coming through my kitchen window this morning was stunning, casting a beautiful shadow on the wall and door. I am attracted to this photo because it contains so many crosses which connect with – and meld into – each other. This seems an appropriate image for Lent and reminds me that we are all connected, particularly in our suffering.
I like the fact that the shadow of Day 2’s tulips is highlighted at the brightest point of the photo (with their own little cross below). Although the light and dark is so strong the picture almost looks black and white, I’m also drawn to the way the light has shone through the glass vase containing the tulips so that its shadow is coloured a deep, rich, greeny blue you could swim in. It is too easy at times to think that everything is black and white (religious people in particular often fall into this trap), but the more closely you look at anything the more shades of grey – and the vaster the array of varied and unexpected colours – you see.
Most strongly of all, this photo reminds me that the closer we come to the light, the more we become aware of our own darkness and our shadow side. Becoming aware of our shadow is painful, but it is also positive: if we were living in darkness we would not be aware of it.