SCENES | Leaves + Lights | Fall 2018

I debated how to arrange and share these photos. Many are peripheral to other shoots, scenes I had to stop and capture between this or that focus point. You’ll perhaps notice that there are several scenes featuring American flags at half mast…they are often from different days, different reasons for sorrow and mourning. Take for example the memorial and funeral for former President George H. W. Bush - it was a somber occasion, as any occasion marked by death is. But it was also a celebration of life, and memory, and legacy. Isn’t Autumn always a celebration in this sense? As leaves die and fall, they become their most brilliant…there is beauty even in death. I think this is, in part, because resurrection necessarily is preceded by death.

This season on Capitol Hill, like most seasons before it, included the closing of chapters and the threat of unknown change in the future. But as the leaves turn and fall, there is hope for new leaves, new things, new life in the future. Probably the not-too-distant-future. So we enjoy each season as we face it. We find beauty in strange places, we look for light where we can find it. Maybe light adorning Christmas trees, spread out in art installations throughout the city, maybe light streaming through cracks in doors which lead to something new. Happy holy-days of Autumn - I hope each leaf you step on brings your mind to the promise of renewal to come.

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All pictures by Karl Magnuson
Canon EOS R
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L, Canon EF 28-70mm f/2.8L II
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L

Photography, ScenesKarl Magnuson