Posts Tagged ‘subway’

Lighting Observation

Time: 11:13 am

Date: 4/18/16

Location: Subway ACE-L’Train

Objective Description: The dim-lit trains running underground give off a bleak glow as the flicker with the movement of the train. Sparks can be seen jolting off the side of the walls in the darkest of areas.

Subjective Description: The screech of the tracks brings a discomforting feeling as the dim and yellowed fluorescents flicker with unabiding inconsistency. The darkness of the tunnels is only amplified with the dimness of the train. Fellow passengers zombies in their own world, avoid eye contact, making the underground an even colder place. Against black walls of concrete,  blue and yellow would streak across the window. Sparks off the tracks creating what seemed like the only presence of warmth within a dark and foreign containment.

Lighting Observation: Subway station at 168th street

4/12/15, 9pm, subway station at 168th street

I was visiting a friend in Washington Heights on Sunday night and I had never gotten off the subway at 168th street. And I hope I never have to again. Without a doubt, the CREEPIEST station I have ever been in, especially on a cool spring night.

The harsh, yellow lights had green tints to them, making the ugly concrete walls even uglier. It was the color that very sick, dying people are painted to be in morbid graphic novels. I had never walked down such a long corridor in a subway station before. The way the lights were positioned and colored made me feel like I was in a movie about a haunted mental institution … and I was the hunted.

Light Observation 10 A

1.) 4/2/11 – 6 pm -ish – Subway car

2.) Overhead strip light on the Subway shining down on people sitting, reflections of people in subway windows

3.) Riding into the city the other day I started to look at myself in the reflection off the window directly across from where I was sitting. I started to notice that the light coming down from directly above me was modeling my face in an interesting way, it brought out a sharp highlight on my forehead and cheekbones and accentuated the shadows under my cheeks and the bags under my eyes. This is not the first time that I’ve noticed this modeling effect, but as I started to look at the other on the train I started to realize that nobody looked as modeled as my reflection. So I started to look at people’s faces in the light, and where possible look at their reflection in the window; I found that everyone looked more… skeletal I guess in the reflection than in reality. I’m not entirely certain why that is, but I think it’s because there’s enough fill light on the car in general that people look normal, but the reflection doesn’t catch the fill light, only the top light. It’s kinda freakish, honestly. You look at someone but then their reflection is a hallowed skeletal version of themselves; it remind me of vampire type lore!