Where were you during the solar eclipse? If you were fortunate enough to be in the heart of its shadow, it must have been a spectacular experience. My husband and I made do with our Virginia garden, testing out our homemade pinhole devices and photographing the effect of the partial eclipse on a variety of surfaces. Since we couldn’t look at the sun directly (though the pull to do so was intense), we observed the shifting light and the shadows it cast on the flowers, leaves, paths, and walls around us. We knew it wasn’t going to get very dark, but we weren’t prepared for the eerie glow—a bright gold with a purplish undercast that varied its intensity as the moon passed in front of the sun. We were also quite surprised by the uneasiness we felt as the light shifted. As artists, we pay a lot of attention to light, and its disruption felt threatening. It makes sense, I suppose, as the sun is what keeps us alive on this planet. We humans do our best to pretend we’re not affected by the natural world. This was one instance when I completely understood the urges of primitive peoples to bang on drums until the sun returned!