Sunshine Waits For No One
I have waited for a long time for the Irish Golden Lights – these famous lights lusted after by many photographers, giving a golden and magical hue to landscapes. After a long wait they finally came when I did not expect them, offering me a show better than anything I could think about.I have already been waiting for them for a couple of weeks. Usually late to photograph this moment at its best, this time I made my possible to enjoy them fully, waking up every morning around 5AM and going to bed after 11PM; I did not give me the opportunity to sleep very much. This was however not enough but I will certainly not complain about it. The moments I lived while waiting for them have been wonderful, being alone in an half sleepy nature or on its way to slumber, contemplating a show with the power to empty my mind from every single negative thought. This is after all one of the reasons I like landscape photography.
Then I had no choice but to photograph under some shy morning and evening lights or those more dramatic of a dark cloudy sky, illuminating snippets of landscape through an opening of sunbeams. I even sometimes dared – blasphemy – to make photographs under the harsh light of mid-day’s sun…
Sunshine waits for no one, that is certain, but you can definitely wait for it. As I stand on a shingle beach of the northernmost part of Ireland, ready to clean the dishes of a quick dinner, I give a hopeless look to the wonderful shaped rocks beside me. The recent showers I had to suffer made me pessimistic for tonight but I can clearly see the them becoming red, a deep red. After a few seconds it becomes clear for me and I catch my gear in a hurry: “This is the right time!”. Little by little lights move from red to yellow, giving to the beach this golden hue I have been searching for so long, offering me as a background a bright and colorful rainbow. Here comes this long awaited moment. Patience has once more been rewarded and another lesson of life is then learnt through photography.