What’s your time of day? (Part 4) Shooting at Last Light

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This is a series by photographer, Tom Dinning. You can read the first three parts of this series here: Shooting at First Light, Shooting at Second Light, Shooting at Midday.

This is a collection of photographs taken over the years during that time of the day (between 4pm and 7.30pm in my part of the world) when we take a deep breath and hope tomorrow will be a little better. This is for my friend, Edward. I hope tomorrow will bring new light into his life. Hang on Edward.

What's your time of day? (Part 4) Shooting at Last Light
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Shooting at Last Light

What's your time of day? (Part 4) Shooting at Last Light

Somewhere on this planet, the hand that never stops

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Ticks away our days in a slow procession.

What's your time of day? (Part 4) Shooting at Last Light

There’s some warmth and comfort in that last light

For those who have the time to pass

With their own thoughts or the thoughts of others.

What's your time of day? (Part 4) Shooting at Last Light

The summer heat looses its sting and monochrome light shrouds the cities

In preparation for darkness.

What's your time of day? (Part 4) Shooting at Last Light

A few scurry by with intent in their eyes

What's your time of day? (Part 4) Shooting at Last Light

Others stare blindly into tomorrow.

What's your time of day? (Part 4) Shooting at Last Light

And someone lingers just long enough

To know the night to come will be her last or first.

What's your time of day? (Part 4) Shooting at Last Light

Glass monoliths gawk back at the Sun

What's your time of day? (Part 4) Shooting at Last Light

But at the edge there are those who wait to see it end

What's your time of day? (Part 4) Shooting at Last Light

Playing in the shadows that creep and cling to the ground beneath their feet

What's your time of day? (Part 4) Shooting at Last Light

Others are seeking their tranquility among the tidal steep

What's your time of day? (Part 4) Shooting at Last Light

Leaving time enough to find a way home

What's your time of day? (Part 4) Shooting at Last Light

What's your time of day? (Part 4) Shooting at Last Light

Leaving nature to do its course in the twilight that follows.

What's your time of day? (Part 4) Shooting at Last Light

Then the hand passes once more. The light falls on stolen graves

What's your time of day? (Part 4) Shooting at Last Light

Abandoning remains to those who regulate their life by the setting of the Sun.

What's your time of day? (Part 4) Shooting at Last Light

What's your time of day? (Part 4) Shooting at Last Light

In their wake, a glimmer of hope, a flicker of life,

What's your time of day? (Part 4) Shooting at Last Light

The detritus from yesterday yet to be swept away into the memory of tomorrow

What's your time of day? (Part 4) Shooting at Last Light

With reparations for what comes when First Light reappears on a new horizon. Now the camera records it all, not yet as it was but as it ought to be. Moments in time and space confined to the hardened edge of the frame.

Softened by the maker and the viewer.

What's your time of day? (Part 4) Shooting at Last Light

This is the image of us all. Something to grasp in the lasting light.

This is the photograph.


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    tom dinning

    Help!! I'm down here. In the dungeon. Save me!!!

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