2-13-2016 8:00 AM
2-13-2016 12:30 PM
After the sun goes down, the world is transformed by the interplay of light and shadow that creates a feeling of mystery and sense of the unknown. When this combination of the two comes out, a whole different world reveals itself. Places and things are not what they seem to be at night, leaving what we can see up to interpretation.
Recently, I have been shooting at night, since I am interested in light and shadow. Shooting in the dark is a kind of compulsion, something that boils down to a simple desire to discover new places. My curiosity of seeing cryptic lights set back in the darkness led to exploration and creation of images that evoke thoughts of the unknown. There is something about the nightlife that intrigues me, the contrast of lights and shadows on figures and buildings. Visible figures become anonymous silhouettes while brightly lit places are reduced to shadows and slivers of light. We tend to think that shedding light on things is what reveals their true nature, but darkness can do the same thing in a way by forcing us to imagine what we either want to or don’t want to see. I find myself wandering around taking images in familiar places while discovering new territories at the same time, leading myself to places best seen after dark. These familiar locations tend to be creepily inviting and strange, so I look at it as an intriguing adventure every time I go out shooting. The anticipation begins to build up as if I am waiting for something to reveal itself to me, so I end up finding myself alone and alienated from the real world.
Photography, Light, Shadow