Out of darkness

Out of darkness

Out of darkness

Out of darkness

On the way home from work after the rains I glanced down and saw ย a rolly polly blindly make its way up a large wet brick. I reversed my lens and shot until it found its way into the soil just inches away. When I looked at the images in Lightroom I saw a creature poised between light and dark pulling its way up and saw in that a metaphor. I hope you like the image of something so small making its way up into the light inspiring.


9 Comments on “Out of darkness

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  2. We called them balley bugs and they are also called pill bugs and roly polies but the proper name is Armadillidiidae – from, as you might guess, armadillo. I played with these many times and once brought a sand pail with dozens inside and spilled them in the floor. That could be one reason my mother did not like me. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Your rolly polly bug could care what we call it but is thrilled you have immortalized him in your photograph. The metaphor here is that no matter how small, we all live moment to moment choosing from lightness or darkness.

    Sweet post, Cteavin. To read about this bug and how much they love the light you only need to check out this link:



    • I never knew.

      I used to play with them as a kid, too. They’re still one of the only insects that don’t bug me out. ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. I had never heard of a rolly polly. It resembles a slater. I like the photo, but the analogy is drawing rather a long bow, Steven … Glad you’re still enjoying learning all there is to know about cameras, lenses, apertures, F/T stops, distance, focus and al that; but still far from sure about liking all the post-production that everyone does …


    • I disagree. The creature is poised between two planes. It’s clearly reaching towards the brighter of the two. To call it Out Of Darkness, without any other explanation, I think makes my intention clear. xo

      I posted the other pics to give an idea of what I’m doing with Lightroom.The changes are subtle, I think. (Though I’ve got some eye benders coming.)

      I’m just getting my gear ready to take some night shots of Yokohama, where I live. Yesterday I was out shooting the Rainbow Bridge. I love night photography best. Macro is a close second. ๐Ÿ™‚


      • You are becoming obsessive. But that’s fine: if we all got to do what we love doing, we’d all be a shitload happier ! ๐Ÿ™‚


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