Well, in my walk through history with Mr. Horne, I’ve been introduced to a number of people who have stirred my imagination. One of those people is Adolphe Appia. Like Edward Gordon Craig (for whom I did post an interlude extra), Adolphe Appia (1862-1928) transformed set design in the theater world by developing and exploring, among other ideas, new theories of using light and shadows as a way to unify productions.
Appia’s (and Craig’s) dark illustrations struck a chord. As if I didn’t love shadows before, but now, more so than ever, when I see shadows lengthening upon a table or wall, I wonder: what scene is being set for what story? Thus, the reason why I photographed sunlight on a kitchen table. 😉
Perhaps, one day I will sit with these images and write a story. Meanwhile, if you’d like to learn more about Appia, in December 2013 an architectural group produced this great visual overview of Appia’s work. Here is his Wikipedia page listing works and references. And highly recommend this brief read by Pericles Lewis of Yale. Below are more of Appia’s drawings from the late 1800s and early 1900s.