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LIGHT SURROUNDING THE TUNNEL II

Twice before I had posted photos of this unusual scene — as Light at the End of the Tunnel and again as Light Surrounding the Tunnel I. In the earlier shots I had with me a pocket camera, a Nikon Coolpix s600. In this photo I used the more elaborate Nikon D200 and a tripod. I rather doubt that there is substantial improvement in the photos, although the moods might be different because of the changing colors in the lights.

In the first of those earlier images the 60 meter (200 foot) long tunnel connecting the East and West Buildings of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, was presented with the walls of the tunnel in subdued light, and the end of the tunnel in brilliant sunlight. There the narrow parallel slats created an effective demonstration of one-point perspective. That photo is well worth seeing as a counterpoint to the present photo. The light show designed by Leo Villareal, an artist from New York, was unveiled, completely inverting the light conditions depicted in that earlier image — the light areas becoming dark, and the dark becoming light. In Villareal’s work, "MULTIVERSE," the passageway glitters with 41,000 light-emitting diodes (LED), inserted into the channels between its aluminum slats, creating a mesmerizing light show. The ever-changing pattern of lights are meant to mimic the universe (or still better multi-universes). The lights turn on and off in a choreographed manner, and create a swirling waves across the surface, and a suggestion of “twinkling stars, rushing water and bouncing polka dots.” What becomes clear in watching the patterns, however, is the random order in the patterns. A row of lights among the myriad present appear to have malfunctioned in the upper right. (I may have inadvertently captured the instant when the row of lights were off, in the ever-changing pattern.) In any event, I am posting a ws showing the 'malfunction' corrected in Photoshop.

I believe a tasteful way to frame a photo is a black-core, white acid-free mat, and a simple black metal frame, a scheme that I tried to replicate in this image. If this had been a real frame, I would make the white two or three times wider.

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