The intent for this series is to explore how the urban landscape is perceived differently at night because of a lack of natural light. What is perceivable during the day is quite different than at night, because daylight reveals so much of the shapes and surfaces and we encounter daily.
A variety of street and cityscape scenes were captured, from close-up shots to large scale panoramas, throughout San Francisco. Surrounding areas were darkened in order to unify the series and distill the image to an essence of lighted areas of emphasis and to exclude areas that did not have direct light. In some shots the light illuminates something, while in others the pattern of lights creates some reference of a structure. All of the scenes are real yet they are all manipulated. Some of the scenes become quite abstract and unfamiliar, a reduction to a false reality. Others remain understandable but perhaps in an unusual way, like an alternate reality.
The series becomes an exploration of how a city uses energy and the unobscurable evidence of human habitation. The formal manipulation of the scenes to their reduced, minimal essence tests our recognition of real things and our definition of how things look as they take on a mysterious and somber quality. Crucially, the mimetic quality of this representation of real scenes challenges the very medium of photography.