GLIMPSES OF THE MYSTERY
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I'm always looking for new ways to enjoy watching through David Lynch's filmography. One thing I notice each and every time I work through it is how beautiful and fastidiously placed the props always are. In Twin Peaks: The Return, I was especially dazzled by all the sculptural elements in play and fell in love with any number of the gorgeous lamps on display. The intentional and prominent placement of lamps in key scenes--from broken flashlights to midcentury modern museum pieces--seemed to be such a pervasive thematic presence throughout The Return that it got me to wondering what I might find if I watched back through the entire corpus--from the short films and Eraserhead all the way through Twin Peaks Season 3--with eyes peeled for noteworthy lamps.
My curiosity on this score has resulted in a new Instagram project, Lamps of Lynch: Finding Light in the Work of David Lynch. If you follow lampsoflynch, you'll get a guided tour of the whole nine yards: every single noteworthy lamp, torch, lightbulb, fixture, flashlight, candle, candelabra, and chandelier from Short Films, Eraserhead, The Elephant Man, Dune, Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks (Pilot, Seasons 1 and 2), Wild At Heart, Fire Walk With Me, Lost Highway, The Straight Story, Mulholland Drive, Inland Empire, and Twin Peaks (Season 3). The results so far have brightened up the last couple of weeks for me and produced some illuminating insights into the prominent role of light in Lynch's films even and especially in some of the very darkest scenes.
I just finished working my way through Twin Peaks Pilot and Season 1 and decided to make these light-filled images available to readers at THE GLASS BOX who may not follow Instagram. I'll make sure to follow up with similar posts for Fire Walk With Me and Seasons 2 and 3 as time allows. Press PLAY in the top left corner of the featured image below to start a slideshow or peruse the thumbnails above the featured image to choose a specific image.