There is a duality of mood that accompanies the coming and going of the

sun. Commonly associated with human perceptions of positivity, the

sunrise is often related to qualities including life, hope, even glory. In

contrast, the sunset is frequently associated with mankind’s encounter

with bittersweetness, finality, or death.


Both expressions are present in the meeting of day and night, as

darkness is already present when dawn emerges. There is a

metaphorical struggle before the sun wins out, showcased in its peeking

above the planet’s horizon while the shadow of night shrinks away.


At day’s end, it is darkness’ endeavor to overtake the light, taking its

turn to triumph, often with a dazzling and colorful display. In the

process, the sun eventually sinks into the earth, and from it’s invisible

position, continues to send visible radiation into the atmosphere, often

enhancing the environment with a vibrant luminosity. Then, it succumbs.



The traverse of the sun is one of the few phenomena that has manifest

its presence daily since the beginning of earth-time. As such, it has

become the measure of stability and dependability. Beyond this, it

reveals itself as a thing of beauty - not entirely gentle, but with traits

which mirror those of humanity: tranquility, sensuality, even anger,

running the gamut from peace to turbulence.


Though the sunrise and sunset may appear to be disparate entities,

together they mark the passage of time, a universal theme of human

experience. To the proverbial question, “where did the time go?”, one

could answer, as Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof,” it went with the “sunrise,



The darkened, underexposed sky in these images serves as a dramatic

backdrop for the sunrise/sunset dance, while the saturated, fantastical

color depicts its energy.


Ascending or receding, when sunlight meets dark, time is marked,

moods are set in the sky, and humanity connects with nature. As the

earth turns, one’s sunset is another’s sunrise. In effect, the sun is always