How does one describe a nocturne? It’s defined as a dreamy or romantic composition suggestive of night. It evokes a “deep-seated” feeling. Consider this a Bus 75 nocturne. An ode to a day gone by – fading into dark.
The night is all about the light. And nobody appreciates beautiful light more than a photographer. It’s close to rapture. So rather than attempt to describe it myself, let’s put Geoffrey, esteemed Bus 75 photographer, in the writer’s seat.
“There is a sweet melancholy to the light in late summer evenings. The softness takes the edge away and makes everything glow. Especially the things that reflect the harsh shadows in the bright sunlight.”
“Photographers call this time of day the magic hour. The evening light can make just about anything beautiful. The sun works magic. There’s a word in Brazilian Portuguese that’s difficult to translate. It’s called saudade. The closest thing we have for it in English is nostalgia. It’s a feeling – a longing for something you are fond of, and that might be gone. Summer nights give me a sense of saudade for places I have known.”
Photographs by Geoffrey Hiller | Text by Tom Vandel | ©2016 All Rights Reserved
One thought on “Summer Nocturne”
My favorite time of day – the photos catch the blending of sky and landscape so beautifully.
A thought: I recognize some of these locations, but not all. If its appropriate (I don’t want to intrude on someone’s privacy) can you add a short label to photos telling us roughly where along the #75 route these were taken? A neighborhood label like “Hollywood” would be great. Thanks.
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