Glance of Light
The art of simplicity can be seen in the complexity of the universe.
It's so simple; a horizontal orange line, a black horizontal line and a fading blue line in the middle of the photo. Blackness dominates the rest of the frame, with the exception of a tiny crescent Moon in the upper right area with (at least in the high-res image visible) planet Venus dimly visible to the lower left of the Moon. Pretty uncomplicated, right? Simplicity can be deceiving though.
In reality, I'm blown away by the depth and intricate physics that lay behind this view. Orbital mechanics dictate the movements of 4 celestial bodies in this shot; The Earth, the Moon orbiting the Earth, planet Venus and ultimately the Sun as a gravitational center. She dictates the movements that make the planets and their moons move around for billions of years like the intricate parts of a gigantic clockwork. And for this shot a couple of those bodies were at exactly the right position to make it a piece of natural art.
Light from planet Venus was reflected from her cloudy atmosphere back into the vacuum of space to find his way to the sensor of my camera and eyes after a few minutes. Light reflected from the crescent Lunar surface bounced off its cratered surface and arrived 1,25 seconds later in my viewfinder.
The only light that arrives pretty much directly is from the rising Sun. Scattered, dispersed and refracted by the Earth's atmosphere that works like a giant prism, it shows all the colours of the spectrum in a brilliance that will soon be blinding for the human eye this high up in the atmosphere.
The most complicated and unrelated things can show their combined beauty when simplified.
Or as aviator and writer Antoine de Saint Exupéry once said; "Il semble que la perfection soit atteinte non quand il n'y a plus rien à ajouter, mais quand il n'y a plus rien à retrancher." (It seems that perfection is attained not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing more to remove.)
A phrase I found true not only for photography but especially for writing and perhaps it's true for everything in life.