Growing up in India, you see America through the eyes of its TV shows, comics and movies. And of of the iconic images is that on an american bar. From Edward Hopper’s Nighthawk to Seinfeld and How I met your mother, the bar is both iconic and mundane. So, when I found myself in a secluded bar on a rainy Tuesday night, I took this shot and decided to make it the first piece in my assignment.
The soft red lighting is being diffused by lamps placed on the side in a way that doesn’t create harsh shadows. The light de-emphasizes the human face and one is hopefully, more engaged in a conversation with people as humans. The soft diffuse reds are periodically accentuated with spot lighting in many forms. The candles on the tables, the strip bulbs that spread across the top walls like a radioactive creeper, The diffused green bottom lights at the bar create a melange of light where neither overpowers the other. The use of matte surfaces on the bard counter and the worn out wood panels on the walls add to the mood by diffusing the light softly without any accentuated shadows.