I’ve always loved the way that light was seen, and depicted, by the American painter Edward Hopper (1882-1967). Sometimes, as I’m out and about in an urban setting, I find instances where life imitates his art. In particular, the ubiquitous stucco walls in my area of San Francisco are a perfect surface for the flat planes of light I see in his work, and the diffusing ocean mist also doesn’t hurt. Here are three images, unabashed homages, that I’ve made over the years: “Hopper Morning,” “Apartments at Sunset,” and “Night Entrance.”
After a wintry rain, as we had last night, you certainly can get dramatic cloudscapes in the City by the Bay. You just have to climb a tall enough hill, and point your lens high enough, to eliminate any of those pesky non-Montana skyscrapers.