Night photography gives us a glimpse of the private lives things have when no one is looking at them. This is a sleeping world of dreams. Yet these images are not about the Self, which for perhaps two centuries has increasingly come to dominate everything. Aided by technology, photographers are able to achieve what one of my friends referred to as "objects stripped of their subjectivity." These are photographs that reflect the collective (not the individual) unconscious and subconscious. It's tempting to say these scenes look dead - that time in them has stopped - but I think these images instead capture time in stasis. This is life when you press the Pause button.
While I mostly avoided the glamorous urban night photos and popular night photos of city skylines, I just could not resist this whopper of the entire Hong Kong skyline - go here.
Linköping, Summer 2005. Image Credit: Gustav Lindh. Image Source: Photo.net.
Image Source: Image Shack.
Bridge on a foggy night. Image Source: Richworks.
Sick fearless bastard (30 July 2010, Santiago, Chile). Image Credit: Crazy Ivory. Image Source: Webdesigncore.