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On the left is the silhouette of the spiral staircase and to the right is its reflection.  Just a lovely play of light and shadows in the hallway.

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Cliche but that’s what it was.  These images were taken in the dying of the light, as we exited the Brooks Estate.

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just sparkling water in a clear glass

sitting a bit in the shadows

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One day, I will move from this house in Somerville with its many windows.  I will no longer be able to climb its spiral staircase to the top floor and from there to peer out the old window at the towering oak.  I will no longer be able to train my camera up through that tree’s branches into the sky.  But that day has not yet come. So on this bright September morn, I am grateful for this window, this oak and the blue of the sky beyond.  Have a good day, folks.

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last ray's of sunlight falling on the kitchen table

last rays of sunlight falling on the kitchen table

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.

Adolphe Appia and his set design for Parsifal (1896)

Adolphe Appia and his set design for Parsifal

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.  😉

more light falls on the kitchen table

more light falls on the 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.

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… well, I do believe there would be a supporting cast of shadows. With that seed planted, I hope you enjoy the following photo essay now available at Creativity-Portal.comA Cast of Shadows.

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