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Between Light And Shadows — Making Something Visible That Might Otherwise Be Invisible   6 comments

"Morning Sun" Painting by Edward Hopper

“Morning Sun” Painting by Edward Hopper

Life and art are defined by what lies between light and shadows. In Holland Cotter’s April 30, 2007 article in the New York Times, he wrote “A certain slant of light was Edward Hopper’s thing. And he made it our thing, hard-wired it into our American brains:”

Every since seeing Edward Hopper’s, “Nighthawks” at the Art Institute of Chicago, as a young man, I have been seduced by his work — not because he hard-wired my brain, but because of the human ability to distinguish between an object and its background. It is the contrast between light and shadows that catches the eye, which is why Hopper’s work is so seductive — it the essence of the “Hopper Effect: the impression of everyday life touched with secular sanctity. “

Poet L.E. Sissman was so captivated by Hopper’s work that he wrote “American Light: A Hopper Retrospective”. Written in five parts, the first part subtitled, “Hopper”.

A man, a plan, a spandrel touched with fire,
A morning-tinted cornice, a lit spire,
A clapboard gable beetled with the brow-
Shadows of lintels, a glazed vacancy
In shut-up shopfronts, an ineffably
Beautiful emptiness of sunlight in
Bare rooms of which he was the sole inhabitant:
The morning and the evening of his life
Rotated, a lone sun, about the plinth
On which he stood in granite, limned by light
That lasted on day long and then went out.

Edward Hopper's "Nighthawks"

Edward Hopper’s “Nighthawks”

Yes, it’s all about what falls between the light and the shadows, as Joyce Carol Oats writes on Hopper’s “Nighthawks” in Transforming Vision – Writers on Art:

The three men are fully clothed, long sleeves,
even hats, though it’s indoors, and brightly lit,
and there’s a women. The woman is wearing
a short-sleeved red dress cut to expose her arms,
a curve of her creamy chest; she’s contemplating
a cigarette in her right hand, thinking that
her companion has finally left his wife but
can she trust him? Her heavy-lidded eyes,
pouty lipsticked mouth, she has the redhead’s
true pallor like skill milk, damned good-looking
and she guesses she knows it but what exactly
has it gotten her so far, and where? — he’ll start
to feel guilty in a few days, she knows
the signs, an actual smell, sweaty, rancid, like
dirty socks; he’ll slip away to make telephone calls. . .

“. . . People the vacuum with American light.” — the last line in T.S. Sissman’s poem on Edward Hopper.

“There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge…” — Rod Serling, Twilight Zone.

I feel that in the images I capture, I’m always trying to capture that middle ground between light and shadow — maybe Edward Hopper was too.

Some may think of the space between light and the shadow as the twilight zone, I think of it as what the Spanish poet Federico García Lorca called duende, which as Edward Hirsch has put it, “. . . it makes something visible that might otherwise be invisible, that has been swimming under the surface all along.”

kenne

Desert Fall ShadowsBetween Light and Shadows — Image by kenne

 

Capturing The Moment — Greater Short-Horned Lizard   1 comment

Mt. Lemmon Trail 06-24-13

Mt. Lemmon Trail 06-24-13Greater Short-Horned Lizard — Images by kenne

A lover of ants

Effective Camouflage use

Early morning sun.

kenne

Capturing The Moment — Shore Fishing On The Outer Banks   2 comments

Virginia & Outer Banks 2013

Virginia & Outer Banks 2013

Virginia & Outer Banks 2013Shore Fishing On The Outer Banks — Images by kenne

Capturing The Moment — Beach Fun   2 comments

Virginia & Outer Banks 2013

Virginia & Outer Banks 2013

Virginia & Outer Banks 2013

Virginia & Outer Banks 2013Beach Fun — Images kenne

Capturing The Moment — Outer Banks (OBX), Morning One   4 comments

Virginia & Outer Banks 2013

Virginia & Outer Banks 2013

Virginia & Outer Banks 2013The North Carolina Outer Banks (OBX) at Duck — Images by kenne

The Outer Banks, North Carolina
Divide the ocean and the bay
Inviting, is this string of islands
Vacationers to come and play

Two hundred miles of pristine beaches
As far as any eye can see
Morning brings the perfect sunrise
On this land along the sea

The light house on Cape Hatteras
Guided many ships at night
The beaches outside Kitty Hawk
Saw the very first manned flight

The home to herds of feral ponies
Where the pirate Blackbeard died
English settled long ago
Still to this day they do reside

The climate always feels like summer
All along this eastern shore
Once you stop here for a visit
We know that you’ll come back for more

by Jack Ivey

Capturing The Moment — Yellow Cactus Flower II   2 comments

Test“Yellow Cactus Flower II” — Image by kenne

Cactus flower 2

Yellow in the morning sun

Wilted by day’s end.

kenne

Capturing The Moment — My Christmas Cholla   2 comments

Starpass Trail 2012

Teddy Bear Cholla In The Morning Sun — Image by kenne

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