Fleeting or steady, capricious or intentional, light is the fundamental element of photography. Illuminated edges reveal shapes and textures, giving form to objects. Shadows and reflections create impressions that may exist only for a moment. Light plays with particles of the atmosphere to create layered dimensions. The ordinary becomes extraordinary, infused with mystery and mood.
For this assignment we invited you to speak the language of light. You responded enthusiastically with more than 10,000 submissions of what this means to you, covering the full spectrum of sunny rays, filtered beams, ghostly illuminations, and otherworldly glows. You played with color and explored the power of black and white. The frames below represent examples where you harnessed the light to take your photographs to the next level.