Posts Tagged ‘night’

Light Observation #6 – Stars

  1. Date: 3/5/18, Time: about 9pm, Location: South Campus Commuter Parking Lot
  2. As I walk back to my car, I look up and there are several stars in a clear night sky.
  3. I look to the sky one night, longing for something other than the ground. It happens to be clear, not a single cloud to be seen. Within the clearness of the blackened sky, I see a small cluster of stars in my general line of view. While nowhere near as bright as a full moon, each star is its own light, twinkling from millions of miles away. The fact that anyone could see them from such a distance is a miracle force of nature.

Photo Observation #4

2) Installation view Loebbeckes Insel, Braunschweig, Germany 2016 / Foto © Studio Thilo Frank

3) Theme: Mystery

4) I found this image while trying to attribute the original photo I intended to use for this theme. It was of a mirrored room that this artist, Thilo Frank, had constructed for a museum in Germany. I went to his page and ended up finding this picture of this installation he made in 2016. I found the installation intriguing from the first photos on his site, but the further I scrolled down he had it lit in various ways. This to me was the most mysterious–not only because of the ominous lighting but because of the general shape and the dada-esque feeling of the structure. The purpose is unknown giving it an automatic confusing or mysterious element, and then adding in a a bright sterile light as well as a human person for size reference makes its all the more intriguing to look at. You can see the other views of it in daylight here.

Light Observation #10

  1. Saturday, April 8 at 7:40pm standing outside the Netherlands Core.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Photo Observation


Photograph taken by Erik Johansson

3. Surreal

4. This photograph brings outside nature into one’s home. The photo makes it seem as though the two worlds seamlessly blend together. The lighting in the room is produced by a bedside lamp as well as the moon inside the bedroom. The natural and artificial light being within the same room, but lighting different landscapes created a surreal feeling of the photograph.

Lighting Observation

3/16/2017  4 AM Hague House, my room

White light pouring in through the window, light coming from the top half of the computer coming out in slots, bottom half unobstructed light. Covers walls in light.

The darkness of the night is a myth.  When the supposed darkest hours of the day are in full swing, endless light pours forth into my room and shines across each wall.  The glow of the light shifts slowly over time but persists in breaking through no matter what hour it is.  The only wall spared of the chunks of brightness graces my roommate while I face the wrath of the night’s sunny gleam.

Light Observation

  1. 3/8/17, 11:45 pm, behind Hofstra Hall
  2. In front of Calkins, the footlight coming from below the flagpole was creating a shadow against the flags. This illumination also created a shadow on the grass from the nearby statue.
  3. I was walking behind Hofstra Hall late at night. I turned to check if the Calkins cat was sitting in her normal spot, but the flagpoles in front of Calkins quickly caught my attention. Aside from the consistent light the moon provided, I had realized the area was particularly well lit. The light flooded around the nearby objects, creating various shadows in many forms. These shadows wrapped the surrounding ground and buildings, giving a very eerie feeling to the scene. The footlight below the flag poles pointed up towards the flags themselves. As the wind moved the flags, the shadows they had casted moved as well. The statue that stood in front of Calkins was lit as well, casting a tall shadow which loomed over the entire quad.

Photo Observation


3. Happy!

4. The lighting in this photo gives me so much happiness. When I think about happy in terms of lighting, I think bright colors. The lighting in this photo mostly consists of the color red, but there are a variety of other colors sprinkled throughout. This is a photo of a crowded street in Hong Kong on Chinese New Year. The lights illuminate the people that walk below them, creating contrast with the darkness of the sky. The lighting gives a sense of happiness because the glowing lanterns and bright colors make it obvious that a celebration is occurring.



Lighting Observation 3

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.

Photo Observation

2.       This photo came from a NY magazine.

Photographer: William P. Gottlieb

3. Theme: Night Life

4. Description: In this photo there are only a few lamp posts lighting the street. Most of the light is coming from the neon signs hanging from the buildings. The neon light is reflecting off of the water on the road, and shining on the cars. This light consists of many bright colors, bringing life to the street at night. This photo fits this theme because neon lights demonstrate that even at night, the city is still alive and bustling.

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.