Posts Tagged ‘Ghost’

Lighting Observation #4: Fluorescent Ghosts

2/12/16 – 6:27pm – Hammer Lab

The fluorescent lights are reflected through the glass to appear to be a double set on the other side of the glass despite there not being any fluorescents there in those exact locations over there. There are some fluorescents on that side of the glass. The reflected lights seem to be faded slightly and float in a way.

Stale, ghostly, and ominous, the mirrored fluorescent lights feel oppressive like an army of evil jellyfish that has started flying across the land on a campaign of terror. Jellyfish would be more pleasant than these glowing boxes of off-white though. Two eyes can be seen to creep forth from the bulbs of the light and to beat down upon you. It is a scrutinizing gaze and an unforgiving one. Harsh and inhuman, the ghost lights are so many in number that they seem to be following or haunting people. They bleach the world; they engulf it in an intense brightness that is unvarying and plain. The nightmare of a futuristic society where people have lost their own individuality and creativity is felt in the glow of these lights. The lighting is bland, unnatural, and dead.

Photo Observation – Max Cerci

1) Screen Shot 2014-04-23 at 8.57.25 AM

2) Taken by my on Broadway in NYC.

3) “Amusement”

4) The word amusement takes on two different connotations to me in this picture. For one, the musical “Ghost” was a HUGE source of amusement and entertainment in my life as it was another factor that played into me wanted to be in production theatre (specifically light design). The production value of this show was so extremely high, with the illusions and tricks of the eye, projections, set and lights. It was one of the most amazing productions experiences I have ever had. The second meaning of the word amusement comes from the lighting of this photo. The illumination of the poster causes the image to be projected onto the building in such a way as to suggest that the poster itself has a “ghostly” counterpart. It is also kind of cool that it is harder to make out the man’s figure in the image projected on to the building.