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Photo Observation

I took the photo


Lurking around Hofstra one night, I noticed the light of the bears’ statue looked particularly ominous.  I’d never even noticed the light shining on the bears during daylight hours, so the distortion of the bears in the night was quite spooky.  Hofstra probably intended them to represent something good, but they look creepy nonetheless and I hadn’t ever noticed the statue until encountering it as the beast it appeared to be.

Lighting observation

  1.  Sunday night, next to Hofstra Hall
  2.  A light shines up illuminating only the front face of Hofstra Hall.
  3. The sharp light illuminated the front face of the building sharpening every edge. The old house is lit up at night like a flag pole, like it is demanding our respect. It seemed so noble and humble at the same time contradicting itself, all together so very Hofstra.

Photo Observation


2. Me: Maggie Sullivan

3. The second this theme was assigned I knew exactly what I was going to take a picture of. Usually a cat, which I’ve named Pretchous, is easily spotted in the square in this photo. I went out to this exact spot almost every night this week to get a photo of this cat under this light for the night life theme. Sadly, she never showed up which I thought was odd until I found out some hot gossip from my suite mate. What I found was that the cat that normally sleeps under this warm and happy light is pregnant! I chose this photo for the night life theme because when I think of the night life here at Hofstra I think of all the little creatures that live here throughout the night, such as these cats. Even though Pretchous never showed up, this spot and the light she sleeps under always reminds me of the night life at Hofstra.


Light Observation #1

  1. Tuesday, January 31 at 7:45pm outside Spiegel Theatre, looking at the path leading towards the weird statue.
  2. By this point in the night, it was almost completely dark, so pretty much the only light was coming from the lampposts and reflecting off of the snow that covered the ground.
  3. This moment felt very calm; the darkness was heavy but the soft balls of light provided a sense of hope by illuminating the natural beauty of a fresh coat of snow over the trees and the grass. The light also reflected the slick wet pavement of the pathway through these trees—this told me that though the storm was over, it wouldn’t be forgotten any time soon.

Sunset Over Florence

Source: I took this photo August 1, 2015 in Rome, Italy.

Theme: Sunrise/Sunset

Description: This was taken when I went on Hofstra’s SCO in Rome trip, taken when the class and I were overlooking the city. Besides the obvious cascading change of color from white-hot gold to amber, there was an air of mist that melted the light into the background and city. It reminded me of the warm and welcoming atmosphere that Rome gave towards everyone that visited. While this was a pretty sight to behold, it was a bittersweet one as this was the last night in Rome for my class and myself.

This sunset was a fitting picture to take a picture, as it represented not only the end of the trip, but also the finality of events. The sun falls and ends the day, and rises up to start it anew. Just as the Roman Empire end a millennia ago and left ruins, so had our trip to Rome. The SCO in Rome trip ended with a sunset over the sunny, vehement Italian city.

Lighting Observation: 4/29

Date: 4/26/16

Time: 4:15 pm

Location: Axinn Library corner study across from the Reference Desk.

Objective Description: The harsh fluorescents of the Axinn Library are always on during visitor hours, however, as the sun disappeared by the window and clouds covered the natural light streaming in, the library gained an entirely new atmosphere of a much darker and desolate origin.

Subjective Description: The last beams of natural light covered by a mask of grey puffed clouds that bring with it tears of dark exhaustion. The bright and well-populated library darkens even under the harsh effects of the sometimes blinding, bright fluorescent lights. The temperature in the room has undoubtedly remained the same, however, with the disappearance of the sun and its golden shine, the empty air of the library feels much colder and the cool gray and blue tones add to the dark and gloomy atmosphere overcast in the sky and spreading into Axinn. A dark and tired day, as a result of a dark and tired sky.

Lighting Observation 3

  1. February 10th, Academic Side of Hofstra, 1:00am
  2. Objective Description: The bright white lighting of the lamp posts at night don’t mix with the orange tinted streetlights. There’s enough light to illuminate the path, and then some. Like the sun, these lights are challenging to look at for more than a second. The lamp posts emit a cooler toned white and they are reflecting off of the snow and trees around them.
  3. Subjective Description: It feels kind of like Narnia when you walk through the pathways around the Spiegel and there’s snow on the ground and a sidewalk lined with lamp posts. I’m not sure I feel safe but it’s definitely calming. It reminds me of my home town and the lamp posts we have around the town center, only i’m pretty sure those actually once were lit using fire.

Photo Observation



Photo credit: Me!

Theme: Sunrise / sunset

Description: This is a picture that I took from the 13th floor of Estabrook Hall as the sun was setting. Man, Hofstra has some impressive sunsets. I’m not used to seeing really good sunsets like this because I live in a heavily forested area, so the trees usually obscure any cool views like this one. I looked out the window one evening to see this and was simply amazed. I love how the color of the clouds fade from yellow to stormy blue, not to mention how intense and concentrated the colors are. Beautiful sunsets such as this are magical because they make an ordinary place look extraordinary.

Photo Observation #1: A Modern College Thanksgiving Sunset


This is a photograph of a sunset that I took this past Thanksgiving.

This photo is the sunset and pastel colored sky that faded away from Hofstra’s campus on Thanksgiving day 2015, and, consequently, fits with the theme of sunset or sunrise.

The lighting of this photo is warm and gentle like the kiss a mother would gently place on the forehead of her sleeping babe. The colors of the sky and clouds, which are illuminated to our eyes by the orangish light of the sun, are pastel and spring-like despite the late autumn timeframe of the photo. This reveals the innocent nature of the light and the simple kindness with which the light appears to caress the sky with its caring warm glow. This care is shown most evidently through the pinkish tint to the clouds and the halo of  light surrounding the far tree line. It is Easter-like in this color scheme and pattern, and it seems to promise a rebirth like that which is natural to the leaves and plants in spring. This fits quite well given that a sunset is followed by a sunrise, which in turn is followed by a sunset. Piecing together the care, warmth, innocence, and other attributes of the light reveals a story of how the light, the sun, loves the Earth, kisses it goodnight with all the beauty and warmth that exists within its pure heart, and promises that it will be there to kiss it in the morning. This is a sunset.

Light Observation #2

1. Wednesday, February 5, 2014. Memorial Quad, 2:30 AM

2. Walking back to C-Square when the light of the lamp post flickers and goes out.

3. Bracing myself against the cold, I began my trek back to the recesses of Hofstra’s campus. I looked vigilantly from side to side around me, as one does when walking late at night, when suddenly the orange, artificial light around me flickered and extinguished. For a moment, it seemed complete darkness, but when my eyes adjusted, the pale, fragile light of the moon took the lamp post’s place. Though darker and more sinister, the walk to the next gleaming lamp post  down the path was more peaceful and calming. The natural light was a soothing relief from the man made light that makes up most of Long Island.