Thursday, October 1, 2009


It's the first of the month, and than means it's Theme Day for participating City Daily Photobloggers. This month's theme is Contrast. Lovely, mesmerizing contrast. It's why I adore monochrome photography and night shooting -- all those inky darks and silvery lights turn my little bedroom community of South Pas into a film noir playground. Contrast creates the shadows... and everyone knows it's the monsters in those lurking shadows that make the bright light feel so comforting.

Contrast is why I adore complicated people -- all those incongruous non sequiturs and seemingly incompatible views. Contrast makes us honest. It highlights all the bumps and cracks. And it's the best part about happiness. After all, without bad as contrast, good is just the same old boring status quo.

But then again, I like to tip scales.

You can contrast my approach with all the other talented members of the City Daily Photo community. Click here to view thumbnails for all participants


Jilly said...

Oh this is just beautiful. So atmospheric, I can write a whole story.... apologies for lack of comments, Laurie and thanks for your query other day. Crazy busy here but really I think I need to organise my life!

Judy Williams said...

The contrasts here are much more subtle that a blaring harsh white and ebony black. I love low key photography. It's one of my favorites. The subtlety of the lighting makes it mysterious and intriguing. Definitely film noir. I love how the shadows almost take on a life of their own. Makes me think of Peter Pan and the relationship he had with his.

The light is dim
the feeling is dark
the shadow protects me
it saves me from light
when i feel all alone
with no place to go
the shadow is there
it helps me find my way home
when the world has deserted me
when no one seems to care
i can always count on my shadow
i know it will be there

Shadow by Joseph King

Yakpate said...

OMG... this is SINISTER!

Let's start with that monster face on the mid-left edge of the shot. It appears to have been illuminated by the gate lights as it emerges from behind a tree. (When enlarged I can see that it's a lacy pattern of back-lit leaves, but even enlarged it still looks like a monster face!)

While enlarged, scan to the right to about mid-point and there you'll find an eerie, glowing crucifix.

And finally... what is that hulking sidewalk shadow in the lower left? A bush? A shrouded ghoul? Monster bait? If Halloween were not the only time of year I give myself permission to indulge in miniature Snicker bars, I would leave town!

Cafe Pasadena said...

I need to contrast the different takes on this theme by the loco bloggers & decide who got it best.

Petrea said...

Good with the bad. Hmm. Well, life indeed. You're so philosophical!

San Diego Farmgirl said...

If it's contrast yer after, may I suggest this exact scene, but add a rainbow colored unicorn? A row of baby ducks, maybe.

ben wideman said...

Oh my. I could pick this one out as yours from the CDP site before I read the caption. Another b&w victory for Laurie! (and the caption is just perfect too)

Bergson said...

Atmosphere particular

A very successful photo

Yakpate said...

SD Farmgirl... how about if the row of waddling baby ducks were... skeletons?

I cherish your uber-skills in the fine art of hysterically funny sarcasm!!!

LSaeta said...

Hi stranger! Check out my painting today as you get the credit for the inspiration! I gave you credit ... thatnks to your beautiful photo!

Virginia said...

You are in your element right here. A true "lady of the night"!!!:)

Ken Mac said...

so many questions in light

Anton said...

It turns out that only the artistic, autistic, color-blind and girls aged seven or below can see the Llama of Doom as it slips from shadow to shadow on its mission of stripping the world of overwrought meaning and superfluous nuance... The darkness it leaves behind is only penetrable by the purest of light and vision...

Anonymous said...

I like that tiny little bit of light on the sidewalk in the far distance

Yakpate said...


Mister Earl said...

There's a light, over at the Frankenstein place. There's a light in the darkness of everybody's life.

Dixie Jane said...

It's ghostly and scary and dark and I can't write a poem. But I see (what looks to me like a Christmas nutcracker on the left. Just looking over things.) So Last night I saw upon the stair
A little man who wasn't there
He wasn't there again today
Oh, how I wish he'd go away.

Laurie said...

You are all wonderful! I'm so glad Anton saw the llama -- or maybe it's a Nutcracker. And Farmgirl, you win.

Needless to say, I adore you all for giving me such lovely feedback, inspiration and belly laughs. (And paintings, Leslie!) Thank you.

Until the next post, fine people.