Archive for February 2nd, 2018

Light Observation #1

1) 2/2/18 – 6:00 PM in my dorm room

2) It is completely dark in my room except for my white and blue fish tank lights. I have two tanks that sit on a tall shelf at the end of my bed. At this time, the top tank is set on the blue setting while the one underneath is set on a white/blue mix. I sit leaning against my wall, therefore the tanks are on my right.

3) As I closed my laptop from doing homework, the beautiful shine of the LED lights of the tanks gave me a sense of happiness. Because I had finished most of my homework for the day, it was very uplifting to see the only light in the room to be the source of my little fishies. The light was fairly bright, however not at all as abrasive as my laptop screen had been like just before. It was a hopeful sight to see after working on homework and projects.

Photo Observation #1

2) This was taken in my neighborhood during the summer of 2017.

3) Sunrise/Sunset

4) Normally, the sunsets from where I was from were mixes of blue, orange, and yellow. However, on this one random day the sky appeared to be the brightest, most bubblegum pink I had ever seen. It caused everything around me to appear to be a soft shade of pink as well. This moment created a feeling of pause, as if time had stopped just so everyone could see it.

Photo Observation #1

Title: “Sunrise in Bar Harbor, Maine on Mount Desert Island”

Photo Credits: Robert F. Bukaty

Location: Acadia National Park, Maine

Theme: Sunrise/Sunset

“The sun just breaks over the horizon in Bar Harbor, Maine on Mount Desert Island (MDI). This view is from the short causeway between Thompson Island (on the left) and Mount Desert Island (on the right). Thompson Island is within the municipality of Trenton, Maine but is also part of Acadia National Park.”  (x)

This photo stood out to me mainly because of its symmetrical nature. I am very much intrigued by the glassiness of the water and its ability to reflect not only the physical objects like the trees and the clouds but the vibrant negative spaces created by the sun’s light. Looking at this photo makes me feel as if I am about to take a deep breath of cold, refreshing, air. Even though I know the morning air in this picture would be quite cold, it is evident by the surface of the water that there is no wind. The rich red/orange tones of the sunlight add so much warmth to this photo and is enhanced by the dark almost blackness of the silhouetted trees. I would love to be on this beach with a hot cup of coffee and the companionship of someone I care about…it’s too beautiful not to share.

Lighting Observation #1

  1. 2 February 2018//1:26am//my dorm room
  2. The brightest light in my room is the artificial tree wrapped with string lights. The lights are a slightly yellow, warm, off white light. The silver tinsel in the tree throws light in many directions while the shapes of the branches lit from multiple angles creates patterns of shadows that look like coral, mainly on the ceiling. The lights are reflected off the white tiles of the floor and the window that can still be seen from the blinds which are two thirds closed. It illuminates my walls and the posters and other things on them.
  3. The warmth of the glow of these string lights makes this dorm room, this temporary place feel more like home. It makes me feel as if maybe I haven’t been living alone in a concrete box for months. I enjoy the light because it comforts me in the dark when it is hard to get off my loft bed. It greets me in the morning and I breathe easier with its familiarity….the way I would a roommate. I feel less alone with the light, as I go about my life in a room meant for three people where I am the only person who really lives there. I find security in knowing that the light can be seen from on the ground 12 floors up outside my building no matter how late I arrive home like it is waiting up for me. The lights also illuminate the other decorations on the tree which include dinosaurs, birds, llamas, hand written cards, artificial flowers, and a plush lobster among other things–literally highlighting objects with which I have a positive association. The glow of this tree is a familiar feeling that makes coming to my home more pleasant than arriving in a dark room would be.