I began the day by reading about 'light', i.e. in scientific terms, the electromagnetic radiation which travels through space in tiny bundles called photons. How incredible is it, that 'Light' = 'Photons' = 'Pure Energy' (No mass). It is the energy of the photon which produces an electromagnetic field around it. As we all know, the electromagnetic field of some photons fluctuates faster than that of others. In simpler terms, the more energy a photon has, the faster the fluctuation. Human eyes can detect this difference in the photon energy levels and the rate of field fluctuation, in the form of 'colour'. The rate of fluctuation of the electromagnetic field is its frequency. Visible light is only one narrow range out of the many possible electromagnetic frequencies.
For starters, we all agree that when it comes to 'Light', there is more than what meets the eye! Life too, is a similar phenomena. We are often blessed with so much goodness that if we were to count our blessings, we would probably lose count! Yet, we often cannot 'see' these blessings and get worked up about worries which are perhaps grounded on our own fears, prejudices and conditioning. I had the privilege of spending a few days with these wonderful children at a school in Bangalore. Whilst I started this project with a certain story line of 'black and white' images (thinking that it would be appropriate to represent their vision through the absence of colour), I couldn't have been more incorrect in my presumptions. By watching, interacting with and photographing these children, I realized that whilst they lacked one of the most important sensory abilities, they were brimming with enthusiasm, an unmatched curiosity to explore all that life has to offer and an innocence so beautiful, that it touches your very core. It didn't seem as if they felt that anything was missing in their life. In the true sense, they were the 'Children of Light'.
Sometimes, we emphasize more on what's missing in our life and, while doing so, we miss out on many other beautiful things. Let's begin this Diwali by celebrating the invisible spectrum of light, the goodness that often goes unnoticed. In gratitude. Let's be.