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New York Daily Photo: Light Anyone?
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Wednesday, 2 July 2008

Light Anyone?

There are people who are afraid of light. Those with heliophobia have fear of sunlight. Some have a condition known as photophobia, an extreme sensitivity to light. But apart from these relatively atypical draculean individuals, most people love light and shun the darkness. How often we experience down spirits on a dark and cloudy day or see children afraid of the dark.
On the other side of the coin we have an endless capacity to enjoy light in every variation, produced from sources both natural and man made. The sun, the moon, LEDs, neon, southern exposures, fire, fireflies, illuminated toys or Times Square. It's built into our vocabulary - light up your life ...
Here in this photo, we have the latest incarnation of fascination with light and a recreation based on its manipulation - Jedi light saber play with NY Jedi, a group that is now 2.5 years old. Judging from their website, this appears to be a growing phenomenon many of us might have missed. And yes, there is now equipment, forums, meetings, events, teams, costumes, classes, films, videos and a vocabulary, all specific to the activity. Some of the Light Sabers can run into hundreds of dollars. If you want to know more about activities, meetings or equipment, check their website here.
The concept of light is virtually synonymous with things good and positive - we have acknowledgement in Genesis:

And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

Light anyone? ...

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