Local Heart, Global Soul

December 5, 2018

The Painterly Effect Still Came Out Photographically…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Himself and I arrived back at our “South of The Barber” accommodation in Greymouth just as the sun was getting low in the sky.

Being too tired to attempt the stairs to our room, I decided to take a seat in the living room at the front of the hostel.

I walked in and was taken aback at how the light coming into the room made it look more like a painting than a real room.

I instantly grabbed my camera and tried hard to capture the effect before it disappeared.

In my opinion I completely failed but some of the original features of the room like the built-in glass-fronted library cupboards and the light switches were also beautiful objects to be admired.

Artworks of course also featured, as I moved around the room trying to capture the light from every angle.

Time flew and the light got darker quicker than I expected.  When I moved close to the window I saw that there were several people on the entrance balcony next door, one of which was my daughter. She saw me and called for me to join them quickly…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

3 Comments »

  1. It’s really interesting what effect light can have on a room and how quickly it changes. We’re viewing properties at the moment and I always notice that on the second viewing, the lounge looks so very different. And the difference makes quite a dramatic impact on the feeling in the room.
    Light is so interesting.

    Comment by sarsm — December 6, 2018 @ 11:04 pm | Reply

    • sarsm,

      you are so right, that’s why I am in total awe of artists who manage to capture that surreal moment with light that you know exists but can never quite capture even with a camera. Be it in skies, clothing, on water, reflections, on glass, in nature, faces, they manage something that is just divine and for me at least it feeds my soul. that’s probably why I feel disconnected to most modern art.

      The room I photographed here felt so much like I’d stepped into a painting, and yet the modern camera lens, one of amazing feats of our technology, failed miserably. (Ok, let’s also consider the more LIKELY scenario that it was idiot Moi behind the lens who failed, since after all I do not know much about the more subtle workings of my little machine and all the manual settings of my DSLR. In more experienced hands the image I was looking to capture may well have been possible).
      A bad workman should not blame his tools , as the saying goes.

      I think that the knowledge of real estate agents that it far easier to sell a house in Summer than in Winter is probably down to exactly what you mention, warm sunshine and the light it produces would make a house look and feel so much more amazing than on a dark, gloomy day when it’s freezing cold and raining. That said, if you can fall in love with a house in the worst of the weather, how much better it will feel in the summer time!

      I hope that the right house is on the market at exactly the right time for you, Happy house hunting!

      Comment by kiwidutch — December 7, 2018 @ 9:55 am | Reply

      • Thank you. That’s what I’m hoping for, something that stuns us on rainy days.
        I know what you mean with the camera. So difficult to get the lighting right – when I (only occasionally) do, I reckon it’s just a fluke.

        Comment by sarsm — December 10, 2018 @ 12:55 pm | Reply


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