Melancholic Light • #JanuaryLight

Opera Melancholica • #JanuaryLight Square

Melancholic Light is my last entry into the #JanuaryLight challenge by Becky B. of Winchester for Jan. 31.

Thank you Becky for being such a formidable host!

Melancholic Light seems to be fiitting the closure of this challenge. In the opening of the opera described below melancholic was described as a feeling of missing something essential, but you have no idea what that is exactly.

Opera Melancholica

These photos were taken only two nights ago at a performance of Opera Melancholica. (A.k.a. the anatomical theatre of the human mind.) This site says the following: ‘Through cinematic minimal music by composer Philip Glass and a story by the ‘Master of the Macabre’ Edgar Allan Poe you will be presented with fantastic visions and horrifying delusions live at the theatre.’

It continues with ‘The production focuses on the Dutch première of Glass’s compelling opera in two acts ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’, with a libretto by Arthur Yorinks based on Poe’s story. The piece portrays the melancholiac pur sang Roderick Usher and his twin sister Madeline, who in this production is rendered by both a soprano and a female dancer. We will immerse you in Usher’s melancholia and show you all corners of the human mind: Opera Melancholica.
Melancholia is a human trait. We are able to look at our life and to realise that we are mortal. We harbour lucid dreams of a better world and life after death. Overwhelming views, but we pay a price for those ideals: the fear and wistfulness when we have returned to harsh reality. That is, if we can find our way back…’

Opera Melancholica • #JanuaryLight Square
Melancholic Light • the stage • #JanuaryLight
Melancholic Light • the skull • #JanuaryLight

Can you make any sense of it? Because after have seeing this ‘melancholic opera’, I’m not sure whether I’ve seen the melancholic light. I’ve seen. But don’t let that put you off though. Even then it was a spectacle worth seeing and of course listening to.

As a closing remark I’d like to say T H X A G A I N B E C K Y for initiating and hosting this #JanuaryLight photo challenge.


You can find one of my previous submissions in this challenge here.

Amsterdam Canal Light • #JanuaryLight

Amsterdam Canal Light • #JanuaryLight Square

Amsterdam Canal Light is the entry into the #JanuaryLight challenge by Becky B. of Winchester for Jan. 30. ‘Originally’ from this amazing city, I haven’t posted a photo featuring a canal.

Amsterdam Canal Light • #JanuaryLight Square
Amsterdam Canal Light • #JanuaryLight

I took this photo of the Jacob Van Lennepkade, on a late October afternoon. Since it is away from the beaten tourist tracks, canal tours etc., it is an oasis of peace and quiet.

The Jacob Van Lennepkade is in the old West area of the city, just a stone’s throw from the more famous canals in the city center.


You can find one of my previous submissions in this challenge here.

Finned Light • #JanuaryLight

Finned Light • #JanuaryLight 21:9

Finned Light • #JanuaryLight Entry into the JanuaryLight challenge by Becky B. of Winchester for Jan. 29.

Finned Light • #JanuaryLight Square
Finned Light • #JanuaryLight

This magnificent Chevrolet was another of my rentals while in Cuba. The styling is magnificent, as was the level of comfort. But it handled as you’d expect from an American car from this era. Not.

But the tail lights on this boat of a car are one of the most memorable from car history. It looks to me like the evil eye from a monster somewhere deep below.


My previous submission in this challenge can be found here.

Arabian Light • #JanuaryLight

Arabian Light • #JanuaryLight landscape

Arabian Light • #JanuaryLight Entry into the JanuaryLight challenge by Becky B. of Winchester for Jan. 28.

Arabian Light • #January
Light Square
Arabian Light • #JanuaryLight

Captured these Arabian Lights at a stall called Meneer Tanger (mister Tanger) at the Foodhall in the Kop van Zuid in Rotterdam. Since it was a bleak day, a morning scouting this Foodhall was a sensible thing to do.


For a peek at my previous submission in this challenge, click here. Or simply use the menu on the side.

No Source of Light • #JanuaryLight

No source of Light • #JanuaryLight

No Source of Light • #JanuaryLight Entry into the JanuaryLight challenge by Becky B. of Winchester for Jan. 27.

No source of Light • #JanuaryLight
No Source of Light • #JanuaryLight

It was a particularly bleak morning last week in Rotterdam, with no apparent source of light.


For a peek at my previous submission in this challenge, click here. Or simply use the menu on the side.

Theater Light • #JanuaryLight

Theatre Light lead• #JanuaryLight

Theater Light • #JanuaryLight is my next entry into Becky B of Winchester’s January Lights challenge.

Theater Light • January Light
Theater Light • January Light

Today I visited a performance called Monet and the Blue Angel in the Kunstmuseum in The Hague. Of note was the background made of pieces of a reflecting material onto which colored light is projected.
The story is about Claude Monet’s moments of doubt and pain after his wife has died and the critics tore his work to shreds. It caused a three year long dry spell in which he produced virtually nothing.

With the help of his daughter-in-law, Blanche Monet, he rose to the challenge and stuck with his genre of impressionism, while his contemporaries (ao Kadinsky and Willem de Kooning) had moved on to abstract expressionism.

For my previous entry into this #JanuaryLight challenge,click here.

Oldsmobile Light • #JanuaryLight

Oldsmobile Lights • #JanuaryLights

Oldsmobile Light • #JanuaryLight is my next entry into Becky B of Winchester’s January Lights challenge.

Oldsmobile Lights • #JanuaryLights
Oldsmobile Light • #JanuaryLight

Battered and bruised Oldsmobile. My rental for a couple of days. Ran fine, but it used ‘some’ oil judging by the steady white plume of smoke coming from the exhaust. Everything, including the AC, worked. Except for the lights. Any lights. Tail lights, head lights, turn indicators and brake lights. Factory fault said the owner smilingly. To be ‘safe’ after dark I just had to switch on the interior ceiling light and drive slowly. I have always loved pragmatism.

For my previous entry into this #JanuaryLight challenge,click here.

Ship's Signal Light • #JanuaryLight

Ship Signal Light • #JanuaryLight portrait

Ship’s Signal Light • #JanuaryLight is my next entry into Becky B of Winchester’s January Lights challenge.

Ship Signal Light • #JanuaryLight
Ship Signal Light • #JanuaryLight

Lights like these were generally used on the bridge of a ship to send messages in Morse code by opening the ‘blinkers’. This particular light hangs from the ceiling in a hotel room in the Hotel New York in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

You can safely ignore this piece as it’s only here to appease Google and the likes. But if you really want to see my last entry into January Lights, you can find it here.

Bangkok Tuk-Tuk Light • #JanuaryLight

Psychedelic Ride • Tuesday Photo Challenge portrait

Bangkok Tuk-Tuk Light • #JanuaryLight was originally posted here. The initial photo-prompt brought back memories of this ride in a Bangkok tuk-tuk. I was in a bit of a hurry that time, and had told the driver to ‘hurry hurry, chop chop’. It didn’t fell on deaf man’s ears so to speak; switching lanes continuously while doing 70 km/h, running red lights etc. etc.

Bangkok Tuk-Tuk Light square
Bangkok Tuk-Tuk Light

All the time Jim Morrison was squealing loudly on the sound system ‘Riders on the storm’, on repeat that is. After it had come on for the third time, it popped into my head that Jim Morrison had died at 27. And somehow I realized my time hadn’t come yet. And while still needing both hands to keep myself from falling off, I relaxed. A bit.

After tipping him handsomely for getting me there on time, I asked him why that song was on repeat. Smilingly he answered he liked the line ‘There’s a killer on the road…’

It sure was the most psychedelic ride of my life. Especially with those Bangkok Tuk-Tuk lights flashing at the beat of the music. Felt like I had been eating some magic mushrooms.

Of note: this photo was taken with an iPhone 4 and is the original. I haven’t tweaked or color corrected it in post!

This Bangkok Tuk-Tuk Light post is for the #JanuaryLight Challenge.
For a peek at my previous submission in this challenge, click here. Or simply use the menu on the side.