I’m not a huge fan of cities, but if I am in a big city my favourite time of day is in the early morning. In our 24/7 world, it doesn’t happen anymore, but not long ago the streets of even major cities were somewhat deserted in the early hours. This is the moment Hopper often captures in his urban landscapes, and I miss it. The long shadows, the absence of people (and the title) all evoke the calm before the city storm. A time to reflect in your landscape – not react to it. So, I will be getting up early(er) tomorrow to wander my city and see if I can’t catch a glimpse of Hopper’s “quiet solitude” and imbue my cityscape with a hint of it.


February 01, 2017

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