The title of this post comes from a plaintive cry by Blanche DuBois, Tennessee Williams' tragic heroine of his landmark 1947 play "A Streetcar Named Desire." You probably recall that she famously depended "on the kindness of strangers." She also said:
"I can't stand a naked light bulb, any more than I can a rude remark or a vulgar action.
I don't want realism. I want magic! Yes, yes, magic. I try to give that to people. I do misrepresent things. I don't tell truths. I tell what ought to be truth."
Sometimes, when I'm setting the stage for a tablescape post, I think of Blanche's words. I don't exactly want to misrepresent things, but I do want to show them to their best advantage. I want them to look a little nicer than they really do; I want magic. Lighting is a huge part of that, isn't it?
The table below is an example of what I think of as a "just OK" table. I was still using a flash for indoor pictures, and it shows. The flash washed out the color (not that it was a colorful table) and removed natural light and shadow. In a very kind (and very helpful) critique, Susan of Between Naps on the Porch sweetly asked (knowing the answer, but being a tactful Southern lady), "Are you using a flash by any chance?"
I figured out how to turn off the flash, and the photographs began to improve. Some people are steady enough with a camera to take no-flash, low-light indoor pictures, but I've found that I need to use a tripod.
As the light fades, the drama increases. I'm almost finished talking. What follows is a sampling of candlelit images from past tablescape posts. I hope you enjoy looking back with me.
Here's a short You Tube video with images of British actress, Vivien Leigh, as Blanche from the 1951 film. If you don't care to watch, you might enjoy listening to the music (composed by Bernard Herrmann, from his "Wuthering Heights" opera) as you scroll downward.
Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you'll visit Susan of Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday. There's always wonderful inspiration from Susan and all her talented participants.
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