Saturday, December 4, 2010

Thematic Photographic 126 : Night

This week's theme is Night, and Carmi asks why some night-time scenes seem so sad.
 "There is something haunting in the light of the moon; it has all the dispassionateness of a disembodied soul, and something of its inconceivable mystery."  ~ Joseph Conrad
Van Gogh - Starry Night over the Rhone

There are so many connotations around darkness, blackness, death... Many of us have been fearful of the night as children, and night often suggests danger and evil - just think of all the links to bad deeds, ghosts, vampires. It all goes along with the sense of night's all-encompassing darkness, and its taking-away of our sense of sight.

"Fooey! The porchlight is burnt out, and I can't see whether it's dark outside or not."  ~ Dave Beard

Humans were daylight animals from their beginning, until fire then electricity came along, and night is innately associated with our feelings of vulnerability when we cannot see. Scary stuff is concealed by darkness.
Image: NASA

In nearly all societies and cultures, there are stories and myths warning of the dangers of the night.
"The iron tongue of midnight hath told twelve. 
Lovers, to bed; 'tis almost fairy time."  ~ Shakespeare
And the sadness?
If you are feeling down, lonely, frightened, then all of those feelings are magnified when night comes down.

I hate having to go to sleep. Life is so short, there are so many things I want to do: it really irks me that I have to waste a third of each day in bed asleep!
"It is one of life's bitterest truths that bedtime so often arrives just when things are really getting interesting." ~ Lemony Snicket

Last night I went outside and thought once again that it is a shame suburban skies are so encumbered and made ugly by wires and aerials :


Good night!


  1. Oh where to begin. First photo very inspiring like hope rising from the darkness. Vincent Van Gogh and Starry night, the other one too where the moon is's one of my favorite paintings of his! All the night time darkness poems, insights and Alexia's comments all so very interesting. I too hate the night being over so quickly, it seems our days just get shorter....especially around Christmas. Very nice collection of "night" photos, and how you put them together!

  2. A lovely mix of photos representing the tones of night! Van Gogh's is a classic that I will always love! I used to feel that the power lines were a hindrance for photos, but now I try to work with and round them, even using them symbolically in my photo! Enjoyed your commentary between the photos!

  3. ...some day time pictures can be pretty scary

    me...i like the night. the dark. the quiet...stars and moon...

    i like your 'nights'...
    and words...and quotes...
    good choice of pictures!

  4. thanks for the visit, I love the dark but that makes me sound weird ? great images!

  5. I like how you made the wires part of the story. There's no getting around 'em out here in the burbs, so may as well find artful ways to incorporate them into our photography.

    I've never seen anyone incorporate Van Gogh into a TP entry. You didn't just interpret: You educated and inspired.


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