Night Moves

Work in progress which explores the different ways everyday environments change their shape and feel at night.

Initial writings about the project:

The landscape grows and contracts as if a living organism, fed and illuminated by the artificial light of street lamps and building works, lights switched on and glowing behind the curtains and blinds of homes. Land is modified through construction, buildings and streets repaired, barriers established, roots grown, signs erected to guide us through and offer us glimpses into how spaces have been and are belonged to. The conflict between the natural and built elements of the cityscape is magnified at night, selective light revealing ways in which both built and natural forms distort to accommodate growth.

 

The city is dependent on us and yet in darkness becomes something separate from and beyond us; the light that descends in darkness both limits and defines our perception, revealing the extent of our reliance. In creating the city we’ve set in motion a body which perpetuates itself. The city is eternally progressing, existing as an entity with a history before our presence and continuing after we are gone.

 

This series navigates the landscapes of London that appear at night but signifies a process not specific to the city. Dusk acts as a threshold between the different states, where human movements and material forms are revealed by contrasting light sources. Captured during lockdown and throughout the winter months, the feeling of statis is intensified, a simultaneous pause and acceleration in motion reflected in the landscapes that contains us.

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