photo friday: bright sadness

Posted by on April 13, 2012

Bright sadness is a difficult and abstract theme and I was at a loss for what to post today. Everything I came up with looked either stale and predictable, or bright with no real sadness, or sad with no real brightness. Then I dug up this old photo taken in March 2008 of some friends of ours, Dawn and Mike, singing, so appropriately, an Easter hymn together while sitting in our living room, and I thought it captured the theme well. I remember that after I took this photo, I looked at it with a cursory and purely cosmetic sort of critique and was disappointed in myself as a photographer that yet again I had taken a blurry snapshot and failed to capture a moment in the way I would have wished. Now, I see that two souls are shining through in a perfect intensity and complexity of human sadness and brightness.

This afternoon Jeff and I will pick up Esme from school and take both girls to see the tomb at church, decorated with flowers. Here is just one beautiful and poetic hymn of Holy Friday sung in the Orthodox Church:

A dread and marvelous mystery we see come to pass this day. He whom none may touch is seized; He who looses Adam from the curse is bound. He who tries the hearts and inner thoughts of man is unjustly brought to trial. He who closed the abyss is shut in prison. He before whom the powers of heaven stand with trembling, stands before Pilate; the Creator is struck by the hand of His creature. He who comes to judge the living and the dead is condemned to the Cross; the Destroyer of hell is enclosed in a tomb. O Thou who dost endure all these things in Thy tender love, who hast saved all men from the curse, O long-suffering Lord, glory to Thee.

For all who celebrate Pascha this Sunday, have a blessed feast. And for all who celebrate Easter: Christ is Risen!

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  1. Marfa
    April 13, 2012

    May you and your family have a wonderful Pascha, too! ♥

  2. Manuela
    April 13, 2012

    This pictures really does express the concept of bright sadness really well.
    I have to say, it is actually very beautiful as it does capture there facial expressions well.

    I wish you a very bright Sunday.

  3. A M B E R
    April 13, 2012

    Oh, Jules, I love this photo. And I'm glad you posted it. It has such warmth and solemnity at the same time. This theme was challenge for me too, which is why I ended up using old footage instead of shooting something new.

    We may be seeing you next weekend at the Cohens….