WHAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING ABOUT LIGHTING?

            As you might imagine, I continue to spend an appreciable portion of my life tossing this question around in my mind.  What follows is the most brilliant response I’m yet to encounter.  Don’t let its brevity fool you.  As Nietzsche said, “Truth tends to reveal its highest wisdom in the guise of simplicity.”  I agree on all accounts.

            Sir Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC, CBE:

            “The most important thing about lighting?  Grow as a human being.”

            I suppose Sir Roger’s fifteen Oscar nominations (with two wins) imply a certain genius on the topic.  But I also suspect he’s felt that way from an early point in his career.  Analyzing it further would only cloud the issue.  Everything you need to know is in his phrase, so take it for what it is – and expand upon its implications from there!

5.31.2022

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