|"Cape Cod Nights" - the cover of Timothy Little's new book ~ A Photographic|
Exploration of Cape Cod and the Islands After Dark (click to enlarge)
|"A Commons Christmas"|
|The locally famous "Red|
Chair" at a local golf
course, under a full moon
Two weeks later he got the auto-response thanking he for his idea; and two weeks after that he got a call from the publisher. They were intrigued and wanted to know more and see some examples of his photography. And so, what started as a one-off book of night photography grew into a full-blown book contract!
|"The Late Tree"|
Tools and software: As silly as this sounds, one of Tim's most important tools in keeping him going on all those nights is the playlist on his iPhone, aptly dubbed, "Shoot The Moon." The playlist helps him step into that different headspace that one needs when wandering around with camera equipment after dark. It's a mix from Neil Young, to Ryan Farish, to Crosby Stills and Nash, to John Mayer, and even some twangy country. "While I do enjoy the solitude and quiet that comes with the night, I also like backing it up with a low volume soundtrack," says Timothy.
Second to the playlist is his shutter release cable (of which he always carry a spare.) "I can make do without a tripod in a crunch, and have before, but if I lose that cable, I'm done for the night!"
"On the other hand, there are plenty of circumstances in which Photoshop layering is a must. I've previously left a lot of shots on the table because of my resistance to that type of post processing; but, I've started to come around on that, and as a result, new opportunities are opening up," says Timothy.
Now that he had a book project, Tim wanted to make sure he had enough work to round out the pages and cover as much of the Cape as possible. While he previously only shot within a few towns of his home, he now doubled his shooting radius so that the book would appeal to as many people as possible. It also forced him to discover new areas that he might not have been looking for otherwise.
The book has propelled his work onto the pages of local newspapers and magazines, putting his photography in front of a wider audience. "I regularly get emails from folks who grew up in the area and have since moved, [telling] me that my photography really strikes a chord with them, and helps to connect them to Cape Cod, no matter where they are."
For Timothy, this whole night photography thing was never meant to be more than just a guy with a camera, zoning out to some Micheal Hedges acoustic guitar solos, and unwinding after a long day. Now, it's grown into book signings, speaking invitiations, workshops and gallery shows. In the next few weeks, he should be getting the numbers on this holiday season's book sales. With any luck, he'll be pitching a sequel to Cape Cod Nights with a heavier focus of some of the wacky stories that have been generated as he has been shooting after dark.
Summer 2013 was the first time he had offered workshops and since they all sold out, and the wait list for future workshops continues to grow, he plans to scheduling more of them for 2014.
|Timothy Little in front of|
Cape Cod's Railroad Bridge
"The act of shooting at night is what I enjoy the most," says Tim. "The entire experience is a meditative one for me. I shoot alone, away from from people most of the time. When you wait for the exposure to complete, you tend to absorb your surroundings. I can look at every one of my images and remember how I was feeling at that moment, how the weather was and what music I might have been listening to. In a strange way, it's made my past a lot more vivid than it would be otherwise."
|"GM Bus" is located outside a large junkyard in Pearsonville, CA (self proclaimed hubcap capital of|
the world). Photo taken in 2009 while attending one of Troy Paiva's workshops. The image ended
up being one of Timothy's most sold images. ~ © Timothy Little (click to enlarge)
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