Here are some shots I snapped with my little plastic Diana F+ lomography camera last semester. The film got ruined when I took it on the plane, which is why a lot of them turned out so dark =[ But I think their still pretty interesting…ya! I still have about 5 rolls I have yet to develop, and I just bought some more film, so hopefully the other ones turn out better.
Some images from my semester-long night series.
I will only be posting a select few on my blog, but I will be updating the website page (above) regularly as I take more photos since I’d rather have my viewers see it in that horizontal point-of-view.
“The night is the hardest time to be alive, and 4am knows all my secrets.” - Poppy Z. Brite
Yes, I uploaded another self-portrait even though I don’t really need to until next week. But I just finished editing this one and was really excited with the outcome!
This shot was semi-inspired by an artist, Carrie Hott, who recently came in to talk to our class. She was discussing an interesting sleep pattern called “segmented sleep,” where one’s sleep is interrupted by a period of wakefulness. The two periods of night sleep were called “first sleep” and “second sleep” in medieval England. Where one would wake up very late at night for about an hour or two. People would use this time to reflect, pray, or lie still and think. It was a time to yourself before you fell back asleep and went on with your daily routines. Now, most people have such late sleeping patterns due to school, work, social networking, etc. that this is replaced with insomnia, and is skipped entirely. But I am pretty sure you all have encountered this at least once in your life.
Ironically, I’ve been experiencing segmented sleep recently, then when Carrie brought it up, I knew I had to express it visually in some way.
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This was taken during a night outing with my friend, Nate. We ventured out to Alamo Square to do some night self-portraits for our class. It was quite a night! We met some friendly fire dancers who insisted we join them for their weekly TGIW’s (Thank God It’s Wednesday), and ran into some crazies both on the way there and on the way home. We thought one lady was screaming and chasing us, but it turned out she was harassing the man behind us (Oh SF, you never fail to surprise me). But we had a lot of fun exploring and frolicking around in the near-deserted park until 3:30 AM. It was definitely a nice breath of fresh air and a rest for my ears from the busy, noisy city. I’ll post more photos from this night in the next coming weeks, and some from my other half-lit adventures soon!
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Thoughts Left Unsaid on Flickr.
I don’t like talking when it comes to what I feel. It’s always been a problem of mine. I’ve always been able to express myself visually… But ask me to talk about it, and I won’t know what to say.
This is part of a semester long series I am starting for my night photography class. The idea is simple: self-portraits at night. For me, nighttime is when I can think and become immersed in my own thoughts. During the day, life is busy, hectic, and I often push aside my emotions in order to focus on other things. I hope that the photos I take for this series can somewhat reflect what I am unable to put into words. It’s more of a personal self-exploration, if anything. And most people who see the work will not know the personal connections I had when I created each image. Which is okay with me!
Anyways I hope this night photography class and this series can push me both technically (exposures are harder in the dark!) and conceptually.
Here is the quote that our professor introduced to us on the first day of class - which inspired me to start this little project:
“…Darkness for the greater part of humankind, afforded a sanctuary from ordinary existence, the chance, as shadows lengthened, for men and women to express inner impulses and realize repressed desires both in their waking hours and in their dreams, however innocent or sinister in nature. A time, fundamentally, of liberation and renewal, night gave free rein to the good hearted as well as the wicked, forces both salutary and malignant in ordinary existence.”
- A. Roger Ekrich
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Went out night shooting with my friend, Katherine around Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39 last night.
This self portrait is a bit different from my usual daytime scenes, but I had a lot of fun with it. The process of getting this shot was pretty hilarious.. People kept staring at me as I alternated between banging on the elevator glass and bursting out in laughter as they walked by or pointed at me from their windows. Out of all the shots from this shoot, there were only about 2 useable images because of me laughing too much. Thank you, Katherine, for helping me with this!! =]