the little outpost of civilization known as Twin Peaks -- at times
threatening to swallow it up -- is the impenetrable darkness of the
remote Northwest wilderness. This darkness that offers shelter and
concealment (as when Donna and James, using the cover of night to reveal
their hidden feelings for each other, bury half of Laura's heart-shaped
necklace at a secret place off an old logging road), but that also
provides a hiding place for sinister forces (as when Mike and Bobby take
their flashlight to another clandestine stashing spot in the woods,
where they glimpse a strange figure in the shadows behind Leo).
This is the darkness into which so many in this dark corner of the world
lost their way ("I just know I'm gonna get lost in those woods
again tonight," says Laura Palmer) and, accidentally or intentionally, disappeared, never to
impenetrable blackness of the woods closely envelops the dimly lit rooms
in which the people of Twin Peaks dwell.
photographed in a soft light resembling the golden glow of a log fire or
a dim, 40-watt bulb. Artificial electric lights -- flashlights, traffic
lights, neon signs, the occasional bluish flickering fluorescent tube --
are all the residents have to keep the darkness at bay. Drapes are
opened to let the daylight in, and closed at night to keep the darkness
out. Above, Bobby Briggs attempts to keep darkness, coldness, and
dampness at bay with a cuppa steaming hot black coffee at the counter of
the Double R. You can almost feel the chill of darkness outside.
and the darkness are inseparable. The darkness lives in the trees,
and the trees embrace the darkness. Above, the a tree outside the
Palmer residence seems to be holding the house in its grasp and letting
the darkness seep in...
Ed's Gas Farm