No one looked more stylish, more hip, more polished in sunglasses than Leonard Cohen. This fact goes a long way toward explaining the popularity of the Shades of Leonard Cohen photo collection at the late, great DrHGuy.com site.
Heck, two of Leonard’s best albums featured cover art with him wearing darkened glasses.
That said, Leonard was willing to use sunglasses, one of his favorite accoutrements, as a negative metaphor, as in this excerpt from Le Cercle de Minuit – Michel Field, Interviewer. Broadcast by France 2: December 1992.
There is only light, although people don’t look at the light. Light is the basis of everything and we all are drowned by the light, but wearing sunglasses. It’s always light. It’s only light. Men invent the idea of shadow, of darkness.
Leonard wore off the shelf and prescription sunglasses. He wore them indoors, outdoors, at midday and after dark. He donned shades onstage, in the street, in restaurants, and at home. He wore them with his formal attire (suit and fedora) and his casual wear (suit and cap).
The above gif, derived from the In My Secret Life official video, serves as lead-in for the Fifty Shades Of Leonard Cohen video, which somehow always cheers me up. View more animated gifs at Leonard Cohen Animations
Fifty Shades Of Leonard Cohen
Video by Allan Showalter
Note: Originally posted November 15, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric