1. “December Baby”–Ingrid Michaelson
2. “Snowin’ on Raton”–Townes Van Zandt
3. “Mid-December Blues”–Samuel James
4. “Snowflake”–Amy LaVere
5. “Get Me Through December”–Alison Krauss
6. “Winter”–Tori Amos
7. “Winter’s Song”–Cowboy Junkies
8. “Christmas Song”–Dave Matthews Band
9. “Christmas in Paradise”–Mary Gauthier
10. “White Christmas”–Otis Redding
11. “New Year’s Resolution”–Otis Redding and & Carla Thomas
12. “Happy New Year”–Lightnin’ Hopkins
13. “Like New Year’s Day”–Sara Watkins
14. “Winter’s Come and Gone”–Gillian Welch
Toward the train station.
Waiting with suitcase.
Or Carrying a Camera in the Middle of the Night
Do you check to see if you have your camera before you have your keys when leaving the house? I’ve been carrying a camera of some sort for the better part of three decades now (I don’t consider my phone a camera, but I won’t judge those who do). Some people have a favorite subject or location when it comes to taking photographs. Other photographers long for the golden hour. I’ve always been a fan of nighttime, not just for photography, but also for reflection.
I’ve never been much of a sound sleeper. Wandering through the neighborhood at night is both a way of passing time (trying to chase down some sleeps as my Pops would say) and as a perfect time to find some good shots. Night is a time to reflect, to think, and to shoot (not necessarily in that order).
Time moves slower at night. There is more time to set up shots. I don’t feel so much like a tourist or a lookie loo if I linger at night (of course I have found myself being accosted by the local police on an occasion or few). But the night provides a quiet and a stillness that I’ve never found in the day. Shots taken during the day may freeze time, but shots taken at night preserve time. Daytime photographs capture a moment, but nighttime photographs embrace that moment.
If you are the type of person that carries a camera everywhere you go, then the next time you find yourself out after dark take a few moments to look around. Enjoy the time to reflect, think, and take a few shots.
In a hurry.
Nighttime no traffic.