everyday light

unexpected glimpses of natural light phenomema

nocturnes

Heard¬†Claude Debussy’s Nocturnes on the radio recently. The radio host read the¬†composer’s description and I was reminded of Richard Kelly’s tenants of lighting design:   Debussy’s description: “The title Nocturnes … Continue reading

April 18, 2014 · 1 Comment

Turrell: Main and Hill Studio

After reading about the opening of Donald Judd’s New York studio earlier this year, I’ve wondered how it’s possible that a similarly formative studio of James Turrell in Santa Monica … Continue reading

October 31, 2013 · Leave a comment

the morning dews

A low morning sun triggered this two-tone dew display. Not sure I understand what’s going on so I’m taking a crack at a double refraction idea which seems to work … Continue reading

October 4, 2013 · 1 Comment

solstice shadow dive

Revealed in the mist, the early morning solstice shadow aligns with the cambering Bay Bridge, plunging cars into the shore of Treasure Island. It does not separate itself from the … Continue reading

September 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

candela: rise and run

I recently returned from a visit to Mexico City where Thomas Patterson and Lux Populi hosted an amazing sequence of adventures, including a visit to this Felix Candela church. In … Continue reading

July 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

Accidental Observatory #4: Point Dume sunset

Local alignment: Twice a year, everyone staring at the sunset from the Gazebo along Ocean Ave (at Washington Ave) will witness the sun setting at the edge of the Point … Continue reading

April 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

the ten. equinox.

Street grids aligned east/west provide a convenient way to determine equinox dates. If you’re driving on such a street and the sun rises or sets right in front of you, … Continue reading

April 7, 2013 · 1 Comment