When we bought the home we live in now, nine years ago, we discovered that we were responsible for paying for the street light at the end of the drive.  It only cost $12.00 a month, but I was a little irritated at the thought.  I've always been a Dark Sky kind of guy.  I've written about that before.  I like to sit on the porch with th lights off at night.  L wants all of they on.  I feel like I'm in a fishbowl where all of the creatures past the light can see me and I can't see them.  She wants to see them if they come into the light.

And then there was just the stinginess part of me saying, "Why should I pay for all of the neighbors to have a street light?"

We paid for it and still do.  I was grumpy until the first rainy night.

This is what I see through the front door on a rainy night.

I feel like I'm living in an Edward Hopper painting.

Photo taken with an iPad and cropped slightly.

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Comment by Rodney Roe on December 20, 2017 at 4:59am

We're all retirees on this street except for a guy who got caught flipping houses in 2008 and still lives with his wife and toddler on the street, and an Hispanic family at the other end with kids and grand children at home who have the entire front lawn decorated with lighted Christmas things - everything from Santa to palm trees. - that I wish I could photograph without being obvious.  It's so over the top that it's endearing.

Comment by Rodney Roe on December 20, 2017 at 5:00am

It is pouring, this entire region is socked in, and we have to drive six hours to Duke today.  Wish L safe driving.

Comment by koshersalaami on December 20, 2017 at 5:01am

Looks beautiful

Use a phone

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on December 20, 2017 at 11:23am


Comment by marilyn sands on December 20, 2017 at 12:17pm

Now you got me lookin' up Edward Hopper & getting edyoucated!  ha ha  But that's a good thing!

Comment by Rodney Roe on December 20, 2017 at 12:45pm

Marilyn, look at “Nighthawks”.

Comment by marilyn sands on December 21, 2017 at 12:39pm

I did, Rodney.  But, I was expecting the later version of Elvis, Marilyn & James Dean.  Sorry to say - that's what happens to 'Classics'.

Comment by Rodney Roe on December 23, 2017 at 10:00am

To me, the thing that characterized Hopper's paintings was the use of deep shadow to force the eye to the subject.  In Nighthawks there is a lot of dark outside of the diner making you look through the window.  In the painting below there is just enough use of light to illuminate the action and place it.  All of the background is shadow.  That shadow is what i see around the reflection of the street light that makes me think of Hopper.

Comment by Anna Herrington on December 23, 2017 at 10:08am


I like 'Nighthawks' so much, we studied it in one class for his use of the diagonal in paintings.... only then did I notice the photos I liked the most that I'd taken had strong diagonal lines.... and as you mention, his use of shadowing to focus...

That you found a reason to like a streetlight you didn't want there makes me respect you even more, Rodney.

I'd be perusing BB guns online and muttering dour curses and threats to no one in particular.

Comment by Rodney Roe on December 23, 2017 at 1:24pm

Anna, thanks for that bit of insight.  This painting is full of diagonal lines (legs, arms and ropes) and I didn't see that until you mentioned it.  Knowing that doesn't spoil it for me; it just makes me know why I liked the painting.


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