Thinking About Light

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The next challenge reveal for our Four-in-Art Group is coming up on November 1st, and I’ve been thinking about the theme and how to interpret it.  The year-long theme is Urban, and this challenge is Light, Lighting, Lights.  Since we are city- or manmade-based this year, that lets out things like the Northern Lights, moon, sun or stars.

My Urban Lights

We actually have an art installation here in LA, in the museum of art, titled “Urban Lights,” and it is a series of vintage lampposts ranging from large to small and as early as the 1900s.  Scroll quickly through the following photos to see what a magnet this is for Los Angelenos (all taken from Instagram):

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And then I went browsing through some of our own photos, gathering scenes where I’d photographed light:

Bologna

A rainy night in Bologna

Montreal Church Stained Glass

Stained glass in Montreal

Montreal Gov Bldg

A government building–I love the different tonalities of light here

Montreal Museum of Art

I photographed these glass panels a bunch of times, trying for the right exposure and balance
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Montreal St Josephs

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Notre Dame Montreal

Quebec City Doorway

Quebec City doorway

Shanghai FreewaysShanghai freeway intersection

Turrell Pink Light

And two light “paintings” by James Turrell.  The lower one is actually a doorway you step through into a light-filled room.

Turrell Room Light

I have a lot of thinking to do before I start on this new theme!

6 thoughts on “Thinking About Light

  1. I can’t imagine what your piece will show us. The post here is so very interesting. I am working on my interpretation of the theme. Just a few more days…..

  2. You have some wonderful photos on the topic of light. Especially like that blue museum panel shot. I’d love to see the light posts in LA someday too. My idea is quite simple and yet not even started other than pulling fabric.

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