The Dark Night Project is a series of images that depicts moody night scenes in a very dark way, not unlike the film noir style.
What is my attraction to the dark and in particular black in images?
In photography, it has an infinite range of tones depending upon shadow or available and/or artificial light. Images are transformed from bright and tranquil to dark and haunting by the addition or removal of light.
Black to me has an ambience to it; it evokes many different feelings, sadness, horror, beauty, depth, light to name a few.
I find it intriguing how the mind works.
After reading Pascal’s post/interview with Anna-Patricia Kahn, the one take away that really resonated with me was that artists spend a high percentage of their time shooting with a project in mind; while amateurs mainly just shoot. That’s me to a tee!
Eureka, I thought, I need a project to give myself a focus whilst out shooting. A day or so later, I had a lightbulb moment while under the shower of all places.
In 2013 I’d commenced a project which I called the “Dark Night Collection”.
When I started shooting and processing these specific types of images I had no idea what was a photographic project.
Trawling through my Lightroom Catalogue some images were added or deleted to refine this project. Thinking now, I doubt whether a project like this will every be complete as I continue along my photographic journey evolving as an artist.
On second thoughts from now on this genre will form another project.
Note, there is a hiatus of some 2 years between images.
As time progressed my shooting and processing style evolved. As did the images that were added/removed from the Collection.
The majority of images, invite the viewer to explore what can’t be clearly seen, is that you’re feeling?
A question that comes to mind what actually is involved in a Photography Project. These are questions quickly spring to mind:
The old business adage goes Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail; but is this true in the arts?
Yes, No, Maybe. Let me explain my thoughts
The Dark Night Project was formulated and a page added to my website with images added as time went by.
An artistic project should be flexible to encompass changes to ones style as it and you evolve. Also new techniques are learnt and you explore outside your own comfort zone, as the unknown can be daunting.
2 previous spur of the moment projects have both been published here on Dear Susan, both were completed within hours of conception.
The themes were similar but different due to the weather.
The next 2 shots, evoke Gill Fender waiting to picked up in the old Peugeot to be whisked off to an adventure with Zelda & F. Scott Fitzgerald or Ernest Hemingway, from Woody Allen’s “Midnight In Paris”
Some cities are photographic poetry. London is one of those, with its old buildings and abundant history. The above scene along The Thames was too enticing to miss.
My home city of Sydney I find bland for dark night compositions in comparison to those of Europe. Hyde Park on a wet night was an exception.
Uzes in Southern France is a gem to shoot day or night.
As can be seen from some of these more recent images, they have been shot with minimal DOF to enhance the need for the viewer to explore the images further. Use your senses to imagine what may be there!!
Have you missed anything?
I did on my first glance.
Art is what speaks to me, these images all do in different ways.
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