The Incredible Light of Hopper

Light has always fascinated me. It has weight but one cannot weigh it. It has density but one can pass a hand through it without resistance. It has color but speed can change it. And the subtlest changes in light can create the most dramatic changes in visual message. I have always been fascinated by artists with a special facility for dealing with light. Edward Hopper (July 22, 1882 – May 15, 1967*)  is one of my favorites.

Recently I was working on cover art for a novel and found myself needing to change the lighting of a scene to change a meta-message. It was an underwater scene. It reminded me of a variation (above) I played with a few years back on Hopper’s “Chop Suey” 1929. I suppose not all mashups web-aps.

* He passed a day or two before my high school graduation.

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