December 7, 2012
Contemporary nocturnal photography reaches back to the Surrealist and Situationist wandering the city. The city by day is a crowded and lively place. By night, empty corners and dark shadows can suggest sinister possibilities and create a highly charged atmosphere.
One example of contemporary nocturnal photography is Effie Paleologou's Mean City, which emerges out of her walking at night through the city of Hasting, an unfamiliar city:
Effie Paleologou, hole, 2000 , C-type print , from series Mean City.
There is a sense of a psychological unease as well as a sense of an absence and longing.
Effie Paleologou, Club, 2000, C-type print, from Mean City