Archive for April, 2016


I thought this image was surreal because the time lapse makes it seem like all three lights on each stop light are on at all times. In addition, the complete darkness and lack of cars adds to the eerie nature of the image.

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Beware – things are not always as they appear…

Part of the series "Night". Working mainly in darkness, I build up the light, applying it precisely. The landscape takes on a fuller existence, brought on by the coalescence of light and exhibits a sense of “hyper-reality,” yet at the same time has a certain quietness and beauty. All of my images are created using light painting, in this case using a battery powered 20"x10" LED panel.

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Searching for surreal lighting, or lighting that evokes some kind of un-reality or dream-reality, as opposed to simply finding a surrealist painting proved quite challenging…the white light highlighting the sides of the trees contrasts the pitch black background, while the shadows of the trees fall forward into the viewer’s space creates a haunting world in which things are not always as they appear. Light seems to emanate from below to illuminate the underside of the leaves & branches, and yet also appears to come from above as wide swaths of the grass surrounding the trees are also illuminated. I imagine this image in something like a Tim Burton film, or maybe in Alice in Wonderland (using colored lights). It also would work quite well in moments of The Devil and Daniel Webster.

In the key of E-le-flat


Theme: Surreal

Derived: Online

Description: When I first heard the theme was Surreal I thought of what was the most wackiest things I have ever seen and as a fellow tuba player I fell in love with this photo when I first saw it. Surreal is this odd combination of bending the laws of reality and fantasy, logic and imagination. I also thought a surreal image would be one that’ll first catch your glance, and the longer you stare at it, it raises more questions which in turn keeps you glued for even longer. Yet, perhaps the most wacky fact is, that the photo actually makes sense O.o



There’s no hope, all light is consumed

Date: 4/28/16 Time: 7 pm Location: Walmart

Objective: The small slither of sunlight attempting to escape the impending doom of the clouds.

Subjective: Earlier today as I was going back and forth over Hempstead trying to get my phone/sim unlocked, after the man from MetroPCS directed me purchase the sim at Walmart my roommate and I headed straight there. When we got out however I noticed the clouds were looming and got significantly darker. As I turned towards the left I noticed this hole in the sky where the sunlight was trying it’s best not to be consumed, but yet it inevitably failed and rain soon started to poor. After failing and travelling for 3 hours, it was quite a crushing sight. I then walked into Walmart with the looming overcast and felt I was stocking up for some apocalypse.

Light Observation

Date: 4/28/16  Time: 11:00  Location: Campus

Objective Description: As I was walking home from rehearsal for “Company”, i couldn’t help but notice the lighting of the campus as I slowly walked to my room.

Subjective Description: When I got out of rehearsal, I immediately realized how nice the weather was. Then i couldn’t help but notice how beautiful the campus looked lit by the tall lamps. Especially the path right off of Spiegel between the trees. It felt like a nice nature walk. The lamps created mini pools of light as you walked down the path which made it a safer environment.

Photo Observation

surreal lighting


Description: This photo plays with the silhouettes of the actors during the scene. The two men are both present but you can only really see the shadow of the man in the doorway while there is moonlight beaming down on the other guy. This stuck out to me  because of the beautiful colors that are created.

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Lighting Observation 12

Date: 2/27/16

Time: 2:47pm

Location: Brower Hall

Objective description: Sunlight is coming in from the two windows on the right side of the room, everything else is dark.

Subjective Description:  Warm late afternoon sunlight sweeps across the floor in long rectangular shapes from the only two light sources in the room, the far windows.  Only the right side of each person’s face is illuminated, giving them an eerie warm glow and casts dark shadows on the other side of their face.  The light is so much warmer and more welcoming than the harsh florescence that had been on in the beginning of class. The students look as though they are glowing from within and where the light hits the floors appears to be warm and dazzling.

Photo Observation 12


A Brief Look at the Practice of the So-Called Shadow Art

Theme: surreal

Description:  This photo uses the location of specific objects, lights and the shadows created by this light to make many little mundane objects into a shadowed profile view of a man.  To me this is very surreal, the use of lighting takes simply house hold objects and turns them into a completely different visual.  If you turned the light off then all the viewer would see are a bunch of random fridge magnets.


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Photo Observation #11: Surreal Lighting at the Happiest Place on Earth


I got this photo from a blog about Epcot called Epcot Explorer: .

The theme is surreal.

The lighting is unreal in its color, its angle, its vibrancy. The sky is lit up by lasers like the end of the world or like a mystical portal is opening. The colorful lights are reflected in the water making it resemble a magical river that one might dream up as a child. All of the lighting is fantastical even the bright projected white on the Earth. The water shows the hidden mysteries of lights that are far off and also the pink and green of the globe. The various angles are unusual as the light from the water fountains illustrates since it goes straight up with the water. There are neons, bright magentas, oranges, blues, greens, and white in the color palette of the lights. There are hints of red, yellow, and purple as well. It is like a rainbow but brighter; the lights have a similar feeling of joy in their colors as fireworks and glow sticks. They are spectacular and delightful like a magician show. Clearly, the lights are magical not realistic. Even the sky with the green and blue fading into one another repeatedly in a pattern is mostly intense and vibrant in color and brightness. This brightness is like the pages of children’s picture books and children’s toys in general. Consequently, the lighting is surreal and creates an atmosphere that is playful, reflexive, and dream-like.

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