Posts Tagged ‘Dark’

Day 247 – Suspicious Minds

I like dark and moody photos, I guess who doesn’t. There’s some kind of suspicion and intrigue hidden behind the lens or even just inferred by it. I think it might be one advantage photography has over film. With film dark and moody means scary a lot of the time, maybe its the movement and the unknown element of where that movement will go. Or the scary music, that crescendo’s at just the pivotal moment. Scary movies have always been popular, but for those that don’t like them a photograph can provide some of that dark and dangerous atmosphere without the fear. Then again is that even a contradiction in terms?

Quotes for today:

“My wife was afraid of the dark… then she saw me naked and now she’s afraid of the light” – Rodney Dangerfield

“My sorrow, when she’s here with me, thinks these dark days of autumn rain are beautiful as days can be; she loves the bare, the withered tree; she walks the sodden pasture lane” – Robert Frost

Day 180 – Dark Street

Unfortunately I looked up pictures of dark streets before I took this picture from my bedroom window! Ah well, I think I’m currently operating on a ‘every picture I take is a reference to NOT take a picture like that again’ policy! Live and learn eh, I suppose there’s something to be said for it!

Quote of the day: Who is more foolish, the child afraid of the dark or the man afraid of the light? – Maurice Freehill

Day 66 – Fenced In

I was cycling through Sydney Uni tonight on the way to AFL jersey preso when I saw this photo opportunity. Unfortunately I didn’t have my tripod or it would’ve been sharper but it’s definately one of the styles of photography I like, dark and moody! I’ll have to try getting the camera out around the night architecture more often before it gets much colder.

Anyway I’m not going to go off on a philosophical tangent as usual as I have to get a picture ready for class tomorrow, one that we like and can talk about. I’m thinking a Caravaggio or Rembrandt, both users of a technique called chiarascuro, which is basically strong contrasts between light and shade. On one hand it allows pictures and paintings to be more three dimensional and to have great mystery. On another hand it reminds me of the days before electricity and the modernitity of life. Oh, except I didn’t live in the days before electricity so I guess I’m thinking of days when the power failed and we all sat around imagining what the days without electricity were like! As I remember there was a certain peacefulness and stillness about the place thats so nice, but also so rare today.

I guess the only thing that comes close in a big city these days is Earth Hour, but I totally forgot about it this year and was watching the Swans match with lights and volume blaring. Oops sorry earth!

Anyway I better go pick a picture!

Quote of the day: “There is not enough darkness in all the world to put out the light of even one small candle” – Robert Alden