The Flicker Show (or, putting the garbage out)

That’s what they used to call  movies: the “flicker show.” Tonight I was putting our garbage and recycling carts on the other side of our gate so they could be wheeled down to the curb for collection tomorrow. It was late, and in the darkness the garage light cast stripes of light through the slats of the gate onto a garden hose lying coiled on the driveway. I loved the way it looked. Really striking.

When I turned around  to close up again, I decided the gate itself looked kind of cool hanging open, so I took two more pictures, each from a slightly different angle.

I like the way they look here on the screen stacked atop each other. Kind of like a zipper.

And then, finally, as I pushed the gate shut, I noticed that those stripes of light on the hose started to move in sort of a psychedelic, discotheque-y manner. Cool, right?

I just now previewed the video with sound for the first time. My phone is always set on “silent,” so I never hear anything when I look at video I’ve just shot. I didn’t realize it at the time, but in addition to the gate clunking as I pushed it, there is a distant siren in the background. It kind of fits as a spooky soundtrack 🙂

About Katherine Wikoff

I am a college professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering, where I teach literature, film studies, political science, and communication. I also volunteer with a Milwaukee homeless sanctuary, Repairers of the Breach, as chair of the Communications and Fund Development Committee.
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6 Responses to The Flicker Show (or, putting the garbage out)

  1. mworfolk says:

    Oh! I really liked the video–very cool and spooky effect.

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  2. Alien Resort says:

    Or you could dub in a Pink Floyd tune.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Kind of looks like a long snake!! Spooky.

    Liked by 1 person

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