Light Talking

Digital cameras have their own way of seeing the world. They capture the reflection of multi-colored light off of a small slice of reality and play it back as a grid of lights flowing from the computer screen. I enjoy finding patterns in the light and talking about what it is I see in them. I talk about the light and about how the light talks to me. Feel free to join the conversation in the comments, if thats something that appeals to you.

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Saturday, June 04, 2005

banner


banner
Originally uploaded by tjhickey.
This picture was taken at a birthday party. I like the contrast of the three different textures in this composition. The blurry tree background is both natural and abstract with the polygonal light splashes. The painted aluminum banner on the other hand epitomizes the artificial with bold primary colors and warped reflections in the silvery mirrored surface. The carved wood plays an intermediary role being sensuously cuved but rather rough and coarsely painted.

multiples


party
Originally uploaded by tjhickey.
This photo shows a scene as reflected by two open double paned windows, one behind the other. This has the effect of quadrupling the reflected images while keeping everything pretty much in focus. It reminds me of the famous Marcel Duchamp painting
"Nude Descending a Staircase"
where the figure is spread out discretely through time. Although in this case there is no time lapse, it still has that Duchamp feel to it.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

infinitemesh


mesh
Originally uploaded by tjhickey.
It must be the geometer in me that draws me to this kind of photo. I took this in a game room at the Canobie Lake Amusement Park. Its looking across the lines of mesh separating a dozen or so Skee Ball lanes. The magic of the camera under high zoom creates a progressive blur that gives the impression of an infinite regress of finer and finer meshes. The braiding of the close up mesh gives the otherwise abstract photo a naturalistic feel that softens its impact. I also like the way the background blurs into the same color as the foreground mesh - an offwhite earthy pastel.

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

clouds


cloud
Originally uploaded by tjhickey.
I like clouds! Especially small, semi-transparent clouds that float all alone in a big blue sky! They remind me of lazy childhood afternoons stretching out on a freshly mowed lawn finding animals and other familiar objects drawn in the sky by the clouds. That drive to find patterns in everything we see and experience is epitomized by this little cloud. Maybe thats another reason it appeals to me so much.

windowlight


windowlight
Originally uploaded by tjhickey.
The visual effects of light, reflection, shadow, and perspective on photographs of architecture has always facinated me. Architecture is naturally a rich source for geometric images. Adding windows to the scene allows the architecture to reflect back on itself as well as to open a window into the building and to expose the view from inside the building. This particular photo has interesting reflections (of the building and its environment).

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

spinbars


spinbars
Originally uploaded by tjhickey.
While waiting in lines at Disneyworld last month, the kids and I amused ourselves by taking "art pictures" which by our reckoning included anything visually interesting that could be captured by the camera. Here's one I like from one of the lines at Animal Kingdom. I like the multiple depths, the shadowed colors, and the fact that its hard to tell what it is, somehow that ambiguity attracts me.

Sunday, May 15, 2005

home


home
Originally uploaded by tjhickey.
Arrested motion has always fascinated me. In this zoomed in picture, the runner is caught with the tip of her toe pushing into the power stroke of her race to the home plate. The scene is embroidered with the hazy image of the fencing which the magic of the lens has reduced to a nearly transparent state and the runner almost seems to be on this side of the fence. The two other players are focused elsewhere, probably on the ball, but the runner pays no heed. I like the way the fencing seems to create a kind of cubism effect over the scene, and the way her nearly all black and white attire highlights her presence by contrasting with the earthy pastel colors dominating most of the rest of the photo. Finally, the flatness of the background (dirt in the diamond surrounded by grass on the hill) gives a cartoon-like feel to the composition.

Saturday, May 14, 2005

bluenet


bluenet
Originally uploaded by tjhickey.
This is one of those ambiguous pictures. I don't quite remember what its a picture of, but I really like the tension between the tight linearity of the net webbing and the subtle color planes of the background. The little round shape in the lower right corner just adds to the mystery. I like the broad strokes and bold folds in the background material, and the way the light self-shadows those shapes. The photo is simultaneously abstract and mundane, just the way I like it!

railing


railing
Originally uploaded by tjhickey.
The camera often has its own way of seeing reality and such was the case for this photo. I took the picture looking down the railing on our back porch pointing back toward the house, which was in shadow. The zoom was fairly high, narrowing the field of view. I really like the stark contrast between the brightly lit wood and the unnaturally dark blackness surrounding it. Also the wood itself is only revealed in tight focus over a small area in the middle of the picture. The grain of the wood can be seen moving into and out of this highly focused region. This photo is currently the wallpaper for my powerbook. The black section is great for placing files and folders!

daffodils


daffodils
Originally uploaded by tjhickey.
I've always enjoyed pictures of daffodils. They suffuse their yellow aura throughout the scene, but are delicately brushed with slightly different shades of yellow. I also am drawn to the interesting shapes that make up this flower. Pictures of flowers are somewhat cliche, but I like them anyway!

Talking about Light

I've created this blog so that I can have a place to talk about photographs that I like for one reason or another. I've found over the past dozen years or so that I enjoy photographs which are intellectually interesting. Ambiguity always intrigues me as does geometric lighting and shadows.