Between 1976 and 1982 Adams went walking at night with his camera near his home in Longmont, Colorado, on the eastern ridge of the Rocky Mountains, capturing trees, houses, fields, and sidewalks lit by the setting sun, streetlights, and moonlight. The series proceeds outward from population centers (chiefly Denver) to the rural plains and mountains, linking what remains of nature in the cities to a larger natural context.
Inscription: Inscribed and signed in pencil, verso, along lower edge: "1/30 Under a street lamp, Manitou Springs, / Colorado, 1981 R A. 238.7 Robert Adams 1985"; stamped and inscribed in pencil, LC: "Copyright (c) 1985 by Robert Adams".
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 37".
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 5," June 14, 1994–August 28, 1994.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Night Vision: Photography After Dark," April 26, 2011–September 5, 2011.