Simmer Dim: The Endless Twilight of Summer
November 29, 2010 - January 7, 2011
Lance Keimig's photographs in this exhibit are taken during the long twilight hours from about 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. on Scotland’s northern archipelagos of Orkney and Shetland. It never quite gets fully dark here at midsummer, and the sky glows with a magical light that the locals call “Simmer Dim”. Keimig makes the most of the extraordinary light, photographing the landscapes, megalithic archeological sites, and towns on the islands during the annual photo tours he has led to Scotland since 2003. The faint glow in the sky balances perfectly with the street lights of the towns like Stromness, Kirwall and Lerwick, and Keimig’s quiet studies of their architecture and narrow streets create a sense of anticipation. Away from the towns and streetlights, Keimig often supplements the natural light of the landscape with a technique called light painting. The image, Bluebells, Woodwick House appears as though the scene is lit from within, creating a surreal and dreamlike scene.