People who prefer sunsets are dreamers! They always give up! They always look back instead of forward! I just might have known you weren’t a sunrise person! Sunrisers are go-getters! They have ambition and drive! Give me a person who likes a sunrise every time! Yes, sir! I’m sorry Charlie Brown. If you prefer sunsets to sunrises, I can’t take your case. You’re hopeless!
—Lucy Van Pelt
I’m not one to agree with Ms. Van Pelt when it comes to sunsets versus sunrises and those who prefer one or the other, but I tend to enjoy the latter only because I actually get to experience them as I make my way to the train station each morning and gaze out onto the East River. Michael, on the other hand, has always enjoyed gazing at sunsets when we lived in New Haven (the view from East Rock was always particularly pretty), and he was the photographer of the above shot, taken on a whim within our first few weeks of living in New York from the window of one of his lab’s offices. He shared it on Facebook, of course, but aside from some nice compliments he received on it, neither of us thought too much of it after a while.
What we didn’t know, however, was that his brother took that photo as inspiration for what would be our Christmas present this past year: he bought some wood and some paints, and while using the grain of the wood, stained/painted it to follow the pattern of color and then used some black paper to create the silhouette of the buildings, mounting all of it on a frame of wood and turning it into a sizable piece of art. It was a complete surprise to both of us to open it up on Christmas morning, and we were finally able to put it on display this past Thursday when he came up to see the Tim Burton exhibit and to drop it off at our apartment while I was at work.
I have to say that both the original and the interpretation are making me seriously reconsider the merits of the sunrise over the sunset as the color palette is certainly richer…but what would Lucy think?
What say you: sunrises or sunsets?