Overcast

The sunshine is way too loud, someone special once said to me.

Bright-yellow days may be more popular, but I find them distracting, exhausting and blinding—especially on a day when I want to engage in some quiet concentration (which is almost every day). It is likely that my eyes are sensitive to the light, exhibiting a mild form of a condition known as photophobia. It is also the case that I am easily overwhelmed by all kinds of sensory input—noise, music, fragrance, pinching zippers, unwanted flavors, and of course too much light. In the absence of such stimuli I relax and find myself better able to focus. Sometimes, I am also not in the mood to leave the house. And when it’s overcast—or outright raining—it’s simply less of a travesty to stay home and bake things and make origami or edit photos* or watch a favorite crime drama.

A perfectly quiet photo in defense of grey skies, taken in Warsaw by Natalia Osiatynska on 2014/11/10 with the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT fitted with the Canon L 200mm/f2.8 lens.

*Note that there is actually a very interesting vision-impairing phenomenon called simultaneous contrast, which works on the same basic principle that’s responsible for a slew of neat optical illusions, with colors affecting the perception of the hues and values of neighboring colors. It’s why graphic designers and photo retouchers often choose to work in pale gray environments—and why they often do their best work on pale grey days.