8 episodes

All about the art and magic of our photos

Ambient Light Podcast Sabrina Hughes

    • Visual Arts

All about the art and magic of our photos

    Photo Story with Will

    Photo Story with Will

    In this episode, I have my first guest Photo Story. Will Warren from Brooklyn shares a photo from his childhood in 1981 and finds several instances of this photo foreshadowing the person he would become as an adult.
    If you’d like to share a Photo Story with me, email sabrina[at]photoxo[dot]net
    Ambient Light is hosted by Sabrina Hughes, photo historian and mystic who is interested in the art and magic of our family photographs. 
    Support the podcast and other photo-based art projects on Patreon for as little as $1/month.
    Connect with me on Instagram. Visit my website for free gifts to help you get excited about your own family photographs. Attend my next free online Masterclass, How to Preserve Your Family Photos for the Future. Subscribe to my email list for photo preservation tips and photo history essays. 

    Magical Camera - Twilight Zone

    Magical Camera - Twilight Zone

    In this episode, I introduce another segment that I’ll be adding to in future episodes: the Magical Camera trope in fiction. I’m starting it off with the 1960 Twilight Zone episode “A Most Unusual Camera.” Watch it yourself on Amazon, or just check out this clip on YouTube to get a sense for what a jerk Chester is.
    Ambient Light is hosted by Sabrina Hughes, photo historian and mystic who is interested in the art and magic of our family photographs. 
    Support the podcast and other photo-based art projects on Patreon for as little as $1/month. Last month, I posted an essay about early mystical photography tropes in fiction. If you like this episode and this segment, you’ll probably like this short read. 
    Connect with me on Instagram. Visit my website for free gifts to help you get excited about your own family photographs. Attend my next free online Masterclass, How to Preserve Your Family Photos for the Future. Subscribe to my email list for photo preservation tips and photo history essays. 







































    ← Photo Story: My great grandpa joined a cult




    Photo Story with Will →

    Photo Story: My great grandpa joined a cult

    Photo Story: My great grandpa joined a cult

    In this episode, I introduce a segment that I hope will have a long life on this platform: photo stories. I’m starting it off with a photo of my great grandfather who was indoctrinated into a cult. Visit Ambient Light’s website to see the photo for this episode. I’m seeking people who would like to participate in future installments in this project. If that’s you, email me sabrina[at]photoxo[dot]net.
    Ambient Light is hosted by Sabrina Hughes, photo historian and mystic who is interested in the art and magic of our family photographs. 
    Support the podcast and other photo-based art projects on Patreon for as little as $1/month. 
    Connect with me on Instagram. Visit my website for free gifts to help you get excited about your own family photographs. Attend my next free online Masterclass, How to Preserve Your Family Photos for the Future. Subscribe to my email list for photo preservation tips and photo history essays.







































    ← Roland Barthes' Winter Garden Photograph




    Magical Camera - Twilight Zone →

    Roland Barthes' Winter Garden Photograph

    Roland Barthes' Winter Garden Photograph

    In this episode, I introduce philosopher Roland Barthes with an excerpt from his meditation on the meaning of photographs, Camera Lucida. 
    Ambient Light is hosted by Sabrina Hughes, photo historian and mystic who is interested in the art and magic of our family photographs. 
    Support the podcast and other photo-based art projects on Patreon for as little as $1/month. 
    Connect with me on Instagram. Visit my website for free gifts to help you get excited about your own family photographs. Attend my next free online Masterclass, How to Preserve Your Family Photos for the Future. Subscribe to my email list for photo preservation tips and photo history essays.







































    ← Casting a Wider Net to Tell More Stories




    Photo Story: My great grandpa joined a cult →

    Casting a Wider Net to Tell More Stories

    Casting a Wider Net to Tell More Stories

    In this episode, I talk about economic accessibility as a factor in determining who, historically, is able to preserve their family lineage, stories, and photos. I talk about a new way I’m thinking about my role as a family photo historian and how I can help serve people of all socioeconomic backgrounds. 
    Ambient Light is hosted by Sabrina Hughes, photo historian and mystic who is interested in the art and magic of our family photographs. 
    Support the podcast and other photo-based art projects on Patreon for as little as $1/month. 
    Connect with me on Instagram. Visit my website for free gifts to help you get excited about your own family photographs. Attend my next free online Masterclass, How to Preserve Your Family Photos for the Future. Subscribe to my email list for photo preservation tips and photo history essays.







































    ← Photography Magic




    Roland Barthes' Winter Garden Photograph →

    Photography Magic

    Photography Magic

    Photography has become such an ordinary part of our lives that it’s easy to forget how magical it is. In this episode I talk about four ways that I find magic in photography.
    Ambient Light is hosted by Sabrina Hughes, photo historian and mystic who is interested in the art and magic of our family photographs. 
    Support the podcast and other photo-based art projects on Patreon for as little as $1/month. 
    Connect with me on Instagram. Visit my website for free gifts to help you get excited about your own family photographs. Attend my next free online Masterclass, How to Preserve Your Family Photos for the Future. Subscribe to my email list for photo preservation tips and photo history essays.







































    ← How to Preserve Your Family Photos for the Future




    Casting a Wider Net to Tell More Stories →