Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Night Prowling


During the day, Mission Station bustles with the chatter of busy people getting somewhere or going back. But at night it's a study in hushed inactivity, silence broken only by an approaching train or a lurking photographer...

I like the way footsteps sound on the platform when the rest of the town has tucked in to sleep. Like Arthur Symons once wrote,

The night was very still; above, below,
No sound, no breath, no change in anything;
Only, across the squares of damp lit street,
Shooting a mocking double from his feet,
With vague uncertain steps went to and fro
A solitary shadow wandering.

14 comments:

Blognote said...

Oh...that looks like the set of a Hitchcock film. Excellent photo.

Babooshka said...

y favourie night prowler. You got be at the title. Lots of spacious shots on the potal today. This is again to over use the(my) word cinematic. Brief Encounter, would be my film choice for this scene

Wayne said...

Another slightly eerie night shot from LA.

Yakpate said...

I love the association of this great shot with the poem, and the way your comment about the sound of footsteps on the platform made the entire scene come alive.

Your work continues to reflect personal depth and dimension.

LSaeta said...

This is a great photo. Could be the setting for a murder mystery ... that reminds me ... I was very intrigued with your post awhile back about the Black Dalhia murdered possibly being from South Pasadena ... yikes!

LSaeta said...

This is a great photo. Could be the setting for a murder mystery ... that reminds me ... I was very intrigued with your post awhile back about the Black Dalhia murdered possibly being from South Pasadena ... yikes!

Judy Williams said...

Oh, I love "a solitary shadow wandering." That is fabulous. This is so you. I adore this Brassai-esque type of night photography with the blurred lights and the perfect leading line of the track sending our eye from forward to aft.

Ken Mac said...

Oohhh. this is where you meet teh femme fatale?

Petrea said...

Perfect pairing of poem and picture.
PPPP
You're so good with poetry. It was my major in college (Rhetoric - there are a lot of jobs in Rhetoric) and I retain nothing. Nothing! Well, a couple of lines, but I couldn't tell you who wrote them.

I'm late checking in today. I answered your Craftsman challenge in today's post. Everything but the porch...

altadenahiker said...

I tried too, Laurie. Maybe I'll let it go at that...

Hilda said...

What are you doing down there right beside the track, young lady?!

Another beautiful, dreamy night shot, Laurie.

I'm having a fun time visiting those who answered your Craftsman Challenge! Love those porches!

Shanna said...

A wonderful pairing of image and text!

The thought in the poem is exactly what I felt driving around while going home after dinner last night. The deep perspective in relation to the picture plane are right on. And the wedging in of the white shape into the dark space work in an abstract manner. The sounds you invoke are most evocative.

Laurie said...

Howdy everyone!

I'm bleary-eyed tonight, and must get some sleep. Thanks for all of the lovely comments and kind words. I'll catch up with you tomorrow. Til then...

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