- Saturday, April 8 at 7:40pm standing outside the Netherlands Core.
- It was just starting to get dark outside, so the yellowish lampposts and dorm room windows stood out against the deep blue sky as what seemed like thousands of crows were swarming overhead.
- As the sun began to set, two separate, coexisting worlds became apparent: the warm glow of dorm rooms where students were hanging out with friends or staying in for the night getting things done and the cool, ominous deep blue mass of sky that enclosed the cold night air. Both worlds were full of life, be it a calm relaxing portrayal of human life or a gloomy, surreal portrait of bird life.
2/15/2017 8:00 PM Outside the Netherlands
It was dark out and the lamps outside the Netherlands cast light on the ground in strips, rather than fully coloring the ground. Underneath each light, there were strips of dark and light surrounding the pole of the light.
Though it was night, there were several suns painted on the floor along with my walk home. Their rays lit the walkway and the path was transformed from the dreary cold night to my own personal suns. Torn between suns and yellow daisies the image of the night became rather cheerful regardless of the black sky.
- 4/20/2016, 9:47pm, Netherlands North Courtyard
- Objective: The main source of light is coming from the lampposts outside of each house. There is a little light coming from students’ windows.
- Subjective: Walking through the courtyard at night always feels like one of the skeevy night scenes from a really bad movie. The only light given are these foggy, orange bulbs that give off an unwelcoming feeling. That being said they don’t provide much actual light while they’re at it.
Time: 3:30 pm
Location: Anne Frank House, Netherlands
Objective Description: Delicate pages from a carefully preserved diary lay against a dark backdrop. The light, coming from small instruments on the ceiling and several instruments surround the display case create just enough of a dim light to read what is written. Notices on each side of the display mark just how delicate the pages are and how dim the display must be lit for preservation purposes.
Subjective Description: A dark and narrow room, grave like the circumstances of the second World War. A dark, velvet blue pillow cushioning the red and white plaid diary that would send chills across the world. A room so dark, the soft-yellow dim accompanying the displays all but forced your eyes upon the focus of such a grim past. Dark like that of her fate, but hopeful as the dim light illuminates the pages she so desired for the world to read. There is a silence as the stark atmosphere removes you from the outside world and places you into the secret hiding place, dawned with blackout curtains and the deprivation of natural light. An homage to dark days that still haunt the streets of the Netherlands and the history of the world.
1) 3/7/14 10:00pm Outside Netherlands
2) A Street lamp outside of the Netherlands complex.
3) The melting snow created a mirror on the sidewalk as the light from the lamp casts one lonely ray into the water. All I could think about while I looked at this light was an overwhelming sense of loneliness and sadness. The light was a subdued amber and looked tired and devoid of any energy. It almost felt as if the light had lost its sense of purpose.
1) 2/19/14 4:40 Walking back from the Student Center to the Netherlands.
2) The sunlights reflection off of the sidewalk.
3) As I left the student center to go back to the Netherlands, I was immediately blinded by the setting sun over the roof of the core. I couldn’t continue to look at it so I was forced to look down. It had just rained and the sunlight was reflecting off of the sidewalk like a white “red carpet” spanning from the shadow of the netherlands core, all the way to the student center. I found it very interesting that the rays of light created this one pathway along the sidewalk but no where else.
1) 3/6/12 – 6:55 PM – Entrance to the netherlands quad.
2) OBJECTIVE DESCRIPTION: I was walking back to my room after the sun had gone down. The moon was high in the sky in the direction of the student center. The light from the moon was shining through the gate to the Netherlands and casting a shadow of the gate and bike that was locked to it.
3) SUBJECTIVE DESCRIPTION: I was walking home from dinner on tuesday night. It was a nice night, relatively warm and very comfortable to be outside. The sun had been down for a while and the moon was high and bright in the sky. There were no clouds in the sky and the moon was almost full. As I entered the Netherlands through the sliding doors I happened to to look to my right and notice a very interesting image being displayed infront of my eyes.
In the entrance to the Netherlands there is a large set of bared gates to allow for people to move in to the dorms easier with all of their gear. The Gates are purely metal and are formed from a series of vertical bars about 3 inches apart across the width of the gates. There was a mountain bike that had been locked to the lower 25% of the gate that lay rested against there with the front tire slightly turned to the side to allow the bike to stand up. The Moon was shining brightly through the gate and casting a very long, striped shadow across the sidewalk. A series of very close parallel lines lay on the ground only interrupted where the bike was placed. The lines ran parallel all the way to the bottom where the lines of frame of the bike filled in the open gaps of light from the fence. It was a very cool image on the ground to see the organized lines filled in at just the right areas to be put together to make the perfect image of a bike on the ground, simply created from the light of the moon.