There is no shadow without light. We are prone to forget this while doing our inner work. We look for light so much, that we don´t understand that the best way to find it is to look at our shadow.
When we do that, we see that what generates the unease now (before maybe it was the way we presented ourselves to the world or even the way we tried to survive) is the distorted projection of our true self. If we gradually get close to the light, which for me has to do with consciousness, the shadow gets smaller and light discloses everything beautiful within us.
On the other hand, without good light there are not good photos. I was thinking that when I left home, very late. The sky was cloudy, so I went out with my camera (after correcting my students´ essays along several days) not thinking of taking amazing photos, but because I needed to stretch my legs and feel that I could be back to my center... and that's what I do when I go to the park´s pond next to my house.
As I was searching for a good (or at least acceptable) photo, slowly, almost without noticing it, I let myself be guided by shadows and reflections until I found the few places around the pond where sunset light was reaching the water surface through the clouds and trees. Without good light, it is true, there are not good photos. But if there is shadow, there is light, no matter how long it takes us to find it.
This aquatic flower (that I finally captured) knows it. Nature knows it. We should know it. And this can be applied to photography and to life too .