On Dark


Coyote Gulch (Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument)


Dark – from the Old English deorc, Middle English derk, MIddle High German terken, and Germanic tarnen

Dark – a noun and adjective with forms as an adjective or a verb

Dark – darkish, darken, darkly, darkness, darker, darkest

Dark – a shade or color that is closer to black than white

“The Navajo Wave” (Page, UT)


Dark – the absence of light in a place – as in darkness, blackness, gloom, murkiness, shadow, shade

Dark – possessing a depth and richness, a descriptor for the color of skin, hair, or eyes – as in brunette, dark brown, chestnut, sable, jet-black, ebony

Dark – hidden from knowledge; mysterious, secret, hidden, concealed, veiled, covert, clandestine; archaic, ignorant; unenlightened

Waterholes Canyon (Page, UT)


Dark – as a closed theater; one not in use, closed to the public

Dark – not reflecting much light; approaching black in shade – as in black, pitch-black, jet-black, inky

Dark – a period of time or situation characterized by tragedy, unhappiness, or unpleasantness – as in tragic, disastrous, calamitous, catastrophic, cataclysmic

Dark – as a pessimistic view – as in gloomy, dismal, pessimistic, negative, downbeat, bleak, grim, fatalistic, black, somber

Somewhere in Oklahoma


Dark – as an expression – as in angry; threatening. moody, brooding, sullen, dour, scowling, glowering, angry, forbidding, threatening, ominous, sinister, evil, wicked, sinful, immoral, bad, iniquitous, ungodly, unholy – the dark side

Dark – a time of day – as in night, nightfall, nighttime, darkness

Dark – a condition, as in having very little or no light – having less light in color than other substances

Dark – a devoid or partially devoid of light – not receiving, reflecting, transmitting, or radiating light

Bryce Canyon, UT


Dark, a lack of knowledge, culture, or understanding – as in unenlightened

Dark – a situation – as in grim, depressing – the darkest hour, dark days

Dark – the unknown or unexplored because of remoteness

Somewhere else in Oklahoma


Dark – as used in idioms as dark horse, in the dark, leap in the dark, shot in the dark, the darkest hour, the dark side, a deep dark secret, and whistle in the dark

Dark – a complex word about a place, a time, a feeling, and much related to light and color – and a powerful metaphor

“Darkness falls across the land, the midnight hour is close at hand” (Michael Jackson, Thriller)

The Milky Way at Zion National Park


In an earlier post featuring light, several comments address the need to counter the post about light with one about dark … so here it is. Steve is not only a long-time friend and photography enthusiast, we’ve collaborated on several occasions right here. I write the text and he selected the images to embed at various points.

I encourage everyone to visit his site to see his photos, which are available for purchase. He may also respond to comments here when he can, so feel free to ask him questions.
Photos are copyrighted by Steve Ancik @ LightWave Images

78 thoughts on “On Dark

  1. These pictures are sublime, Frank!
    I may not be a dark person per se, but I definitely appreciate the necessity for dark to better appreciate the light. And yes, dark chocolate rocks… so, there is that.
    Wonderful post, Frank.

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  2. Dark is an amazing word… what a beautiful post, and I loved the photographs, especially the first one… Dark is not alone… if there is dark, it is because of the light… as everything in the life/universe, like good and bad… Thank you dear Frank, in these days I wonder what chinese will find on the dark side of the moon… 🙂 Love, nia

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    • Nia,
      Love the “dark is not alone” thought. After all, being able to see something in the dark indicates the presence of light. A brilliant thought. Glad your photographic eye enjoyed the images. In terms of the Chinese, one thing they will find is cold. 😉

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  3. Brilliant post my friend and Steve’s photos are exceptional! Darkness is my element [perfect place to draw optimism from – in other words can’t have light without darkness! 😉 ] so if I may, here’s a minor contribution: “Darkness” by Van der Graaf Generator https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDmhP6YiN6s and since this is not a musical challenge and I don’t have The Producer’s Damocles Sword hanging over my head 😂😄😜, Gary Numan “In a Dark Place” https://youtu.be/t-8CUHPXhco and Brad Mehldau & Chris Thile “Dark Turn Of Mind” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aw__4Oe7GEA Here’s to a lovely week and ..light after darkness! 🙂


    • Marina,
      Glad your artistic eye enjoyed this post, and I imagine Steve will see and appreciate your comments. Thanks for the song list, but will check them later. The first that came to mind is Springsteen’s Dancing in the Dark … but Diana Krall has a wonderful jazz song on the same title. Canadians will find Leonard Cohen’s Darkness … Enya (whom I love) has a good (quick, but not fast) waltz with Dark Sky Island.

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    • Andrea,
      “Meditation” is a word I didn’t expect as a descriptor, but I can see it … many thanks. Dark is one of the words that has both positive and negative sides. Like any word like that, the perspective is the key … and you see the positive dark! Glad you enjoyed the photos and I’m sure Steve will see the comment.

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  4. Glad you all liked the photos… it was the hardest “assignment” yet from Frank… how the heck do you photograph “dark”??? The only thing that came to mind was monochrome images, so here they are! FYI, the pictures are from 1) Coyote Gulch in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, 2) “The Navajo Wave” on the Navajo reservation near Page UT, 3) Waterholes Canyon, also on the Navajo reservation near Page UT, 4) an old Oklahoma mansion, 5) Bryce Canyon, UT, 6) another falling down Oklahoma house (now completely fallen), and 7) Zion National Park and The Milky Way.

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    • Patti,
      Steve and I did a light collaboration some time ago. I probably wrote the dark post shortly thereafter, then the collaboration got away from us …. and then I rediscovered it … and here it is. Glad you enjoy it!


  5. I kept meaning to come back and comment.
    I really REALLY liked this whole piece. Words and images working perfectly.
    And AND…to my little ears and eyes… it read like a poem.
    Wonderful 🤗

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  6. An excellent list of definitions for the word ‘dark.’ I liked “A complex word about a place, a time, a feeling, and much related to light and color – and a powerful metaphor” the best. It matches my attempts to utilize the French word for dark – Sombre – when I try to speak that language.

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  7. The photos are tremendous! I can’t imagine being able to capture the beauty so perfectly. I love the way you’ve captured the many aspects of the word “dark.” You’ve got me thinking. Maybe we are experiencing a new “dark age” with the proliferation of nonsense we hear every day. 😦

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    • Debra,
      Thanks for the kind words and appreciate of Steve’s work. A new dark age – hmmmm …. that is worth pondering. After all, is our person leading us into a new age – that would require the replacement being in the same mold. Now there’s a horrifying thought!


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