Durham, North Carolina
29x36 inch plexi-mounted metallic C-print in custom frame by sculptor
I had been struck by this scene in the dark bedroom but was having a difficult
time adding light in just the right way such that a piece of film would
have the same experience I was having. Turning on the actual lights in
the bedroom was out of the question. They would destroy any sense of mystery.
I tried turning on just the hallway light. It was still far too strong
and directional for the scene. On a hunch I turned off the hallway light,
turned on the nearby bathroom light, and then closed the bathroom door
most of the way.
Bingo! The light
peeking through the crack in the bathroom door and bouncing off the hallway
walls and from there emanating into the bedroom produced exactly the faint
glow the film needed to see the scene without changing the nature of the
scene. An hour or so later, and the film was fully exposed. I took the
first picture without the white wreath but was then, as happened with
many compositions during this period, unaccountably inspired to add it.