There’s a vintage Ingersoll alarm clock on a shelf in the bedroom that is so old the luminescent dial markings do not glow more than a couple of minutes after being charged up with a flashlight. I like the style of the clock and the way that the lume was applied at the factory. The only way to fully enjoy the alarm clock’s lume is to shine an ultraviolet light onto it. As a matter of fact, I enjoy shining UV light onto my wrist watches that are lumed, too.
The use of UV or “black” light is one way we can alter our perception of our everyday surroundings. Some objects seem to be activated with glowing energy, most other objects do not. Things like white tee-shirts glimmer with an unearthly glow. UV detects dust on furniture and the security strips on currency.
The past weekend’s muggy conditions motivated me to stay indoors and do some more experimentation with UV light and my camera. I closed the room darkening curtains, mounted the camera on a tripod, and began aiming the “black” light in various directions in the search for likely subjects.
The Blue Jay of Happiness contemplates something from the founder of analytical psychology, Carl Jung. “People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own souls. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.”