“All the world’s a stage
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts.”
William Shakespeare, “As You Like It”
Same alley, two different views. If you click on the images, you’ll get a more accurate version.

worlds a stage portrait


worlds a stage landscape

I think I prefer the first, vertical approach as being more dramatic with the buildings and lit windows fully visible in the background. The second one makes those buildings non-players and focuses attention more clearly on the “stage.”

In either case, the security lighting was so intensely golden bright that I had no choice but to desaturate the colors, reasoning that this wasn’t about the colors anyway but about the scene itself.


  1. Lignum Draco says:

    I prefer the first version too.

  2. jean says:

    My vote is #2 because of the yellow injected into the drama of the night. Both are quite nice.

    • Ahhh…nice point. And thank you. I know this is just plain weird, but I spent some time looking at Airbnb listings for Milwaukee, thinking I should just go and suck up ALL the urban night shots I can…like binge shooting.

  3. The first one has more depth, is like a bigger stage, whereas the second is more like the small, intimate theatre. It was on the second that I first noticed the two round mirrors, f ex – which remind about the several “layers” of places to exit/enter on a stage. Great shots, both!

    • Thank you. I swing back and forth between the two, but in both cases the alley way reminded me strongly of backstage (though in reality it leads TO the “stage” and isn’t behind it. No matter…it’s my impression and I’m sticking with it. 🙂

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