The other night after a party I passed out at my friends’ house in their spare room. They refer to it as “the palagio” because it is a very elegant room. The next morning, I woke up to sunlight streaming in through the blinds. The room was illuminated and shone with its walls all painted white. There were abstract reflections on the vaulted ceiling from the mirrors in the room, as well as my phone screen which also caught the light. Combined with a warm breeze filtering in through the window and the warm mattress which i rested upon, it truly felt like a palace.
The wi-fi router on my ceiling sometimes changes colors at night, and as sensible as I like to consider myself, that little change from blue to green on that light panel, no larger than a floss-box always creeps me out.
Its standard color is blue: cool, calm blue. It reminds me of a baby’s nightlight. It hits my Whitney Houston poster in such a way that Whitney’s skin looks heavenly, beautiful. The seafoam green light comes on occasionally if there is a problem with the wi-fi. It makes her look extraterrestrial and strange, and her teeth look grimy. The color is reminiscent of some secret corridor in an X-Men movie that no doubt leads to an illegal testing room.
I chose this picture because it reminded me of the lecture on Stanley McCandless. He said that to make stage lighting look natural, one side of the actor’s face will have to be lit with warm light and the other with cooler light, because one is rarely looking straight-on into a lighting source. Here we see a man, the left side of his face illuminated, and the right side in almost total darkness. His left eye looks so warm and available, the wrinkle around his mouth looks like the shadow of a smile. But he is not looking at us head-on, and only a small catch-light from his pupil is visible in his right eye — the lighting and the subtly turned head gives the impression that he has a secret. I wonder what he is hiding?
1) March 3, 9:23PM, Dressing Room
2) Contrast of colors on people in the dressing room
3) I was taking pictures for the designated Instagram account for Richard II. I got a nice picture of Jenna Davi doing Justin Valentino’s makeup for his role as the Duchess of York, but I didn’t know why I preferred that picture to others I had taken. I did not that I had to turn off a set of lights that were glowing behind them and making the picture impossibly too dark or too bright. Once I did turn them off, I came up with a well-lit and balanced image. It wasn’t until the editing process that I noticed that the image had some really great color contrast in the lighting. There was a light coming from the right side of the image that put hints of red on Jenna’s costume and face and Justin’s hair. There was another source of lighting that was more blue and shone blue on the top of Jenna’s forehead and the back of Justin’s head. The color contrast surprised me because when I think of the dressing room, I think of dull, washed out white light. But this image proved that there are some great dramatic tones to be found there!
Single subject, single light source
This is an image I pulled from a low key lighting photography tutorial. Low key photography is famous for utilizing a single light source in order to create dramatic photos. Although the subject of this photo is a bunch of apples (a pretty harmless group of objects) the dramatic lighting and popped color makes me think they are an important plot device somehow– perhaps the apples the Evil Queen gives to Snow White?
There is a wireless router on the ceiling in my room. It’s a tiny blue light that casts a glow on my face when I go to bed at night. It’s like an annoying night light. I had a night light when I was little, but it had a comforting warm orange glow. This glow just makes the room feel cold.
I think the spook factor in this picture comes mainly from the lack of light and color. The colors are dull and monotonous, and light only exists in certain spaces. It gets blacker deeper down the staircase. The black shape on the left wall looks like some sort of shadow, but when examined more closely, you can see it’s a window to a dark place. There is an air of mystery about the entire photo. I can’t tell what’s at the bottom of this staircase or beyond these rusty walls. A lot of what’s here is hard to identify due to the lack of light.
Photo taken by Peter Charney
DESCRIPTION: First of all, this shot reminds me of a scene from Shutter Island, which is one of my favorite movies. The lighthouse itself looks very abandoned and not inviting. The rocks around it make it feel dangerous and difficult to get to. But I think the light does a lot to create the feeling of horror as well. The shadows in the lighthouse and the rocks reflects the fear of the unknown. The water looks dark and ominous. My favorite part of the lighting is the sky, which vanishes into an overexposed pure white. I am pleased that I was able to take a poorly shot image, and use that to my advantage in created a different mood. The lack of color as a whole, with the exception of a blueish tint, makes the image feel even scarier. Spoooooooky.