Well, seeing as this is my one hundredth Photo of the Day post I’ll publish one of my all-time favourite images.
Why do I like this so much? Well, it’s the simplicity, for one thing, for the picture contains nothing but circles of light in varying shades of pink against a near-black background.
It could be a random scattering of sub-atomic particles or a shower of confetti, it doesn’t really matter.
In actual fact, it was taken in January 2010 in a seedy concrete ‘park’ in Hiroshima, late at night.
Amid the drunks, drop-outs and those engaged in what the Japanese euphemistically refer to as ‘the water trade’ (mizu shōbai 水商売), the local council had stuck up a few tacky neon lights for the festive season, and it was these that I was trying to photograph in such a way as to transform them into something beautiful amid all the dirt.
So for me, this picture represents a transformation of sorts, an escape into a better world, a making good out of a bad start in life, if you will.
And that’s the power of art…