Sunday, October 19, 2008

Night Light

"Photography, as we all know, is not real," Arnold Newman once said. "It is an illusion of reality with which we create our own private world."

Which is exactly what I was doing here, once again, as I lurked around the library late at night.

15 comments:

JAMJARSUPERSTAR said...

This shot looks just like it's come out of a film noir! I expect Humphrey Bogart to come along in a trench coat and a trilby smoking a cigar or something!

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Virginia said...

L.
Ohhhh, girl you made that lens flare work on this one. Very nice composition. Very moody. LEt's get outta here! ha YOu are a night owl and I tip my hat to you.
PS Love the quote. Thought provoking.

Mister Earl said...

Laurie wrote, "Which is exactly what I was doing here, once again, as I lurked around the library late at night."

Laurie, are you registered with the SPPD? Did they issue you a nightime lurking pass?

-K- said...

Very dramatic - and that quote is great. (I'll be googling "Arnold Newman" in about 5 seconds.)

Sharon said...

It looks so mysterious and film noirish.

altadenahiker said...

You're going to get a reputation around that library. Your photo certainly sets a stage.

Snapper said...

Laurie, you've hit the monochrome jackpot...again. Bravo!

pasadenaadjacent.com said...

If you need to lurk, thats a great place to do it.

babooshka said...

Raymond Chandler could have used this shot. You can just here Sam Spade, light the cigarette and get the girl. My kind of private world.

Dixie Jane said...

Lurk who's outside taking pictures again. Why it is Laurie! Who else tiptoes in the dark looking for that special shot near the hallowed walls of our library. What is it about the library? I know. It is a magnet inside called books. Laurie loves books.

Cafe Observer said...

DJ, I love books too - collecting, not reading!

L, if you need to lurk in the late darkness on the edge of town, when no self-respecting person would be found, you would be much safer in SouthPas with a guard Dog at your side.

But, it's always worth de risk you take on our behalf for these beautifully dark pics. Hard 2 believe, but this is 1 of your better b/w's.

Remember, we gotta get some pics of the cafe/food over at the Fremont CT.

Judy said...

GOD this may be my fav yet. Straight out of a noir film. Love the flares from the lights on the lamp posts and the reflection on the sidewalk. Look at all of the vertical lines!! WOW

USelaine said...

Laurie, I think you're a prime candidate for a perfume called In the Library! I used to work in a bookstore, and one occupational hazard was dry hands and cuticles. Remember to use your lotion.

Laurie said...

Hi all!

Thanks for so many nice comments! I'm thrilled that you'll let me keep lurking and snapping photos. Uselaine, in the Library perfume!? Too fabulous!

See you round the stacks, kids. Oh, and back here tomorrow as usual...

JulesG said...

Man oh man, I really miss South Pasadena. It sure puts Chicago to shame.