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Colours of the Night

A mini-collab for Falmouth Photography MA by Kimberley Barry, Paul Moran, Michael Padilla, & Mark Crean.

Colour of the night is a collaboration originally started by Kimberley Barry, based in Bristol, and Paul Moran, in Reading.  Kimberley was nice enough to invite Mark Crean, based near Oxford, and myself, in Seville, Spain, to the mini-project and we began collecting source material to help guide us in our search to define the Colour of the Night. 

Firstly, we compared sample images from our environments, the cities in which we live to get a better understanding of the different colour palettes with which we would be working. Lighting situations in each of our cities varies greatly so we decided upon shooting on the same evenings and trying to describe the environments that surround us, with an eye on the colours of the night.

Our influences included David Egan, a North American photographer who gained fame for his Night Landscapes (Link will open in a new window).  His careful and studied framing of otherwise ordinary urban landscapes, photographs of the banal, and sense of colour provided inspiration to our nightly shooting sessions.  Click here for more about David Egan.

Patrick Joust is a Baltimore-based photographer and librarian who, according to a 2016 article in the Daily Mail, is inspired by the differences he sees between night and day in the places he photographs.

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Harry Gruyaert (see https://www.magnumphotos.com/photographer/harry-gruyaert/), the Magnum photographer with images like the one below.

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And Rut Blees Luxemburg who has some amazing photographs shot at night.  Rut Blees Luxemburg (born 1967) is a German photographer whose technique is to take photographs at night, mostly exploring the urban landscape. She is a Tutor at the Royal College of Art. Some of her portfolio is at this link: http://rutbleesluxemburg.com/histories.html

The “franchised landscapes” of consumerism studied by the American photographer Jeff Brouws have also been an influence.

Once we had an idea of what we wanted to shoot, we headed out into the night to make some work.  The resulting presentation is a collection of 20 (?) images that highlight, compare, and contrast the Colours of the night in each of our own environments. Influenced by the New Topographics movement, Brouws has spoken of an insatiable consumerism and of the “encouragement of corporate culture into the contemporary landscape”.

– Mark Crean, Kimberley Barry, Michael Padilla & Paul Moran

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