LOS ANGELES LANDSCAPES - NIGHT DREAMS
As anyone who picks up a camera can attest to, what one sees with the eyes is not always easily captured within a photograph. This is even more difficult when dealing with night photography, particularly with the Los Angeles light pollution. Lights can be seen everywhere in the City of the Angels, except in the night sky. The stars and moon that would be seen away from this urban setting remain hidden to the human eye. The night views of this project include backgrounds of Los Angeles and the nearby beaches. However, the intention of this exhibit is to go beyond what we might see if the man made lights went out in the city. Utilizing the cinema technique of “day for night”, photographs taken in daylight can be turned into night by darkening the sky and including the moon and stars that we wish could be seen in the night skies that surround the city. These photo montages also present night landscapes of the imagination to create an otherworldly setting. We are the Hollywood movie capital, so why not create the dreamy nights of our imagination, illuminated by imaginary lighting that might be seen in cinema. The backgrounds in each final artworks of this series were captured through infrared photography. Not using traditional photography adds to the surreal, transcendental visual settings that these images produce.