Night time Photography takes on a life of its own. When others are asleep, the photographer is creating images which evoke. They are often lonely, mysterious and naked! ( only using the street light or starlight).
Here are 5 photographers using the available light and long exposures to create individual pieces.
Here are our top 5:
1. Todd Hido
House hunting is a series of houses that Hido photographed at night with long exposures. The perfect weather for Hido to take images is cold and rainy. He has a talent for being able to look at the ordinary and infuse it with magic. He enjoys the distant quality of his images. The photographer is there and not, the ambient light giving mystery. He has a cinematic style and a natural tension that is inspiring and thought-provoking.
2. Kikuji Kawada
Kikuji Kawada was born in the Showa Era in Japan and is a renowned Japanese photographer. He belonged to the VIVO collective which included numerous other important photographers. His work has been shown worldwide. His work the Map is about the lasting psychological effects of war. The Tate Modern London exhibition ‘Conflict, Time, Photography’ in 2014 included a whole room of his Kawada’s work. The work looks at the passing of time and is such an important piece. The last Cosmology is the night photography work that you have to check out for inspiration.
3. Bill Henson
Henson is an Australian contemporary art photographer. His images look like that of a romantic painting or literature. The New Yorker discusses that his images captures the furry texture of night time. His work is colour and seems to be engaging with the opposites. Looking at not only nature but also civilization, male and female. He selectively using the blackness of the shadows to obscure and reveal. Fantastic.
4. Pierre Putman
Pierre Putman is a fine artist and revels in taking images at night. He is searching for the light and explores it in composition and space and searches for hidden cinematic views that produce mysterious images.
5. Elsa Bleda
“I used to tell my friends that I feel something in this city that I’ve never felt anywhere else. There is something very Gothic, and it gets confusing. Buildings are confusing. You have this Brutalist architecture, then Art Deco, and no one around. And this air, this atmosphere…”
Bleda photographs Johannesburg from her personal stance and wants to capture the landscape while it sleeps. She had a childhood of moving and living in many different cities. She explores loneliness in this body of work and is looking at the history of segregation and what that means. Unlike other photographers from there, she finds a middle ground of not being too invasive or too distant. She loves details and is a fan of East Asian cinema.