Posts Tagged ‘Grace’

Photo Observation

  1. Dance performance photo found on Behance.net, a dance lighting design photograph taken by Cameron Rust; https://www.behance.net/gallery/4633587/Dance-Lighting-Design
  2. Theme: Happy!
  3. Happiness is relative and subjective to each individual, and this embodies a few of the many things that make me happy.  Dancing is something that makes me happy – whether it be at a party or in  a dance class or just to my favorite song, it is something that I can’t help but smile and feel re-energized about when I start dancing.  Similarly to lighting, dance allows for a unique expression of story-telling by showing emotion without using words.  I love this picture because the lighting and the dancing work together to create the story – without any words, and even without any music, there is an entire possibility of stories is being told in this frame. The poses of the dancers and the lighting hues and saturation create the mood.  Because of this combination, the photo reminds me of a deep summertime sunset, something else that makes me very happy.  The warm colors mixed with the dark “shadow-like” poses of the dancers reminds me of seagulls over an an ocean or the water at dusk, and gives me that calm, happy feeling of a perfect summer day.

Light Observation

  1. Wednesday, March 1st; 9:35am; Lighting Class, Emily Lowe Hall.
  2. Morning sunlight through the window and coming through my red water bottle to create a beam on my paper.
  3. As I was sitting in class, I looked down at my notes I noticed a red tint on my paper.  At first I was confused as to where it was coming from, but then seeing my red water bottle next to me, I realized it was the sunlight outside coming through the water bottle to create the red light.  I found it really fitting the timing of this observation in particular, especially since we’ve been talking about gels and additive and subtractive color mixing.  The water bottle provided as a gel in a sense, and it made me wonder what other colors were used to create the water bottle: was the light I was seeing on my paper created through an additive or subtractive process?  What colors wasn’t I seeing?  All these questions I thought to be very serendipitous to topics we were discussing currently in class.

Photo Observation

  1. Photo: Shigeo Fukuda ‘sculpture’; found on intradayfun.com, http://intradayfun.com/2015/09/shigeo-fukuda-intricately-stacks-piles-of-trash-that-create-deceptive-shadows/
  2. Theme: shadows
  3. I like shadows because of their ability to be illusive and deceptive.  My favorite shadows are the ones like this photo – advanced shadow puppets, taking one item and using it to create a completely different visual.  I find it fascinating how the light is able to capture the image in a way that creates an entirely new image and idea.  In a sense, it adds to the mystery of shadows, because it makes you wonder what other images can be created from seemingly one object through the manipulation of light.

Lighting Observation

  1. February 23rd, 2017; 7:54am; Bill of Rights Hall 13th Floor
  2. The sunlit morning fog blanketing the air.
  3. I woke up around 6am and looked outside; I thought it was pouring rain the fog was so heavy.  When I woke up again at 7:30, I then thought it was snowing (I also did not have my glasses on). As I was sitting in front of my window getting ready, I found the way the light was cutting through the fog to be so interesting.  It was completely opaque; I couldn’t see anything through it.  But the light made the density of the fog strikingly clear; if the sterile, white noise “feeling” of a hospital room could be visualized, this is what it would look like.  Fittingly, it felt very mysterious, just like our theme of the week.

Photo Observation

  1. Found on Flickr, taken by Sam Wigginton, “Busan Dark Alleyway”; https://www.flickr.com/photos/28289918@N06/3518853288
  2. Theme: Mysterious
  3. When I think of mysterious I think of shadows, concealment, and secrets; a mystery is unknown, what’s being kept hidden.  This picture embodies the theme for me because of the how the lighting causes the shadows to fall on the ground and off of the walls; it feels foreboding and as if there is more there than meets the eye.  The darkness is compelling, and the single light source illuminates only so much, telling the viewer that there’s more there than meets the eye, but you have to solve the mystery to find out what more there is.

Photo Observation

  1. The Magic Camera by Eve (WordPress blog) https://themagiccamera.wordpress.com/about/
  2. Theme: Nightlife
  3. When I think of night life, I immediately think of NYC (Times Square specifically), bright lights, and fast excitement.  While New York is always a hub of bright, exciting energy, the energy at night is so different, and I feel the lighting in this picture displays that perfectly.  I love the blur of the car lights because they’re moving so fast; I feel that’s the focal point and embodiment of night life in this picture.  The contrast between the black night and the bright, blinding lights of the billboards and marquees also are what make New York night life so unique.

Lighting Observation

  1. February 14th, 2017 (Valentine’s Day!); 8:42 am; walking past the Rugby fields on North Campus.
  2. The morning sunlight reflecting off of the snow on the fields.
  3. As I was walking back from the gym, the light bouncing off of the snow kept catching my eye in an unusual way.  It was just warm enough that the snow was melting, but still cold enough for it to be frozen; combined with the sunlight gleaming on it, the snow looked like giant globs of glazed, iced frosting.  The smooth, glistening frosting-like snow suddenly made me hungry (or maybe that was the workout talking), and I found myself unable to look away from the tasty morning light.

Light Observation

  1. Monday, February 6th, 6:30am; Bill of Rights Hall, Hofstra University
  2. Watching the sun just rising over Shuart Stadium through the window.
  3. Coming to Hofstra has given me the best sunsets I’ve ever seen in my life, but this one was especially superb.  After being up at 6:00am to finish some work (much to my dismay), this beautifully captivating burst of rich orange and yellow was a better wake-up than coffee.  What first seemed to be one of Hofstra’s average sunrises, slowly turned into the beautiful sky seeping with blood-orange; it looked like it was something out of a movie.  Despite its brightness and intensity, I couldn’t help but to marvel at its beauty, and the inspiration it gave me for the rest of the day.

Photo Observation

  1. Found on Google under the search ‘Cold Picture’; url: http://www.screensavergift.com/cold-winter-screensaver/; Photographer/Designer Unknown
  2. Theme: Cold
  3. I felt this photo was best for the ‘cold’ theme because of the way the light accentuates the snow and somewhat foggy sky.  Not only does it look cold because of the snow, but the colors are all very cool tones, and the light streaking through the cloudy sky gives is an ominous and chilled effect.  It reminds me of a foreboding barren landscape; the kind of cold where everything is completely silent and almost haunting.  Adding in the footprints and the imprint of where someone once sat on the bench, it feels both cold in atmosphere and cold in emotion.

Light Observation

  1. Wednesday, February 1st; 11:00pm; Emily Lowe Hall 2nd Floor
  2. A campus lamp post from outside was shining through the small window slant in a professor’s door, all the way from down the hall.
  3. After getting out late from rehearsal and coming up the stairs to a fully lit hallway, a bright bluish light at the other end caught my eye.  Despite being in a hallway already full of light, this small spotlight orb caught my eye and drew me in;  after realizing it was an outside light making its way in to the building, I couldn’t believe I had never noticed its forceful beam before.  It gave off a foreboding and ominous feeling and, despite knowing it was a simple street lamp, it put me on edge.