Shooting at night
What do you like more, day or night? I like daytime – well, obviously, because I’m a wedding photographer. I prefer working outdoors, and if you are hunting for a perfect picture of a butterfly, you don’t think about the play of light like you would at the studio. You forget about everything else and just enjoy the process.
I like shooting in the country, away from the urban fuss, where the colors are brightest and the views are most spectacular. But that doesn’t mean I don’t have an eye for cityscapes. The thing is that you can use those street lights and neon signboards, and they look best at night, because their shining colors attract attention and make you stop and watch them. I feel a bit uncertain about taking photos in the dusk, so I study each night painting, like the one here, to learn how every detail, insignificant at daytime, becomes crucial at twilight.
The artist who created this picture knows everything about light and shadows. Leonid Afremov has his own vision of beauty, and I totally share his night painting ideas. Inspired by his canvases, I often leave my home on a rainy evening, take my camera with me, and I guess, I’m learning quickly, because my pics are getting better each time!
What’s so peculiar about it?
You can’t say what attracts you when you see paintings by Leonid Afremov for the first time. Here are a few things that I noticed:
- His pictures are very simple, but that’s the whole point. You don’t have to search for any context, any intellectual hints or hidden messages. At the same time, there are plenty of small ideas you can think of.
- Buildings and parks are great, but I’m most impressed by empty streets – just a bare road sparkling under the lamp posts. It gives me a meditative, existential feeling. And when you see a lonely silhouette down that road, you start inventing a whole story about that person, what are they doing at this place and in this time. I think it’s awesome!
- I found out that every season, weather and place is good; you should just know how to depict them. Even a dark night can explode with dozens of bright lights that are merrily reflected in the shiny surfaces of the rain-washed city.
I try to keep these things in mind every time I’m taking my cam for a night walk. Now I know that I shouldn’t rush for the perfect scenery, cause each place is beautiful, and my task is to see this beauty, even if it’s not immediately obvious!