Light’ is something so integral to photography and it is, at its core the only element at play when it comes to producing photography, and equally an aspect that often goes unnoticed. You could go as far as to say that photography is simply the ‘play between light and shadow’, It is only when a human perceives photography that it becomes an ‘image’. A delicate ballet that shapes the perceptions of people all over the world.
Mike Christen’s series Our Night is essentially a topographic study of humans and the way they mould and manipulate their surroundings. Instead of concentrating on the development of physical structures, Mike has chosen to focus on the way we create artificial light.
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No matter where you go in the built world, humans will have created some sort of artificial light, something so rarely considered and often taken for granted. By choosing to focus on light as his central theme, Mike is questioning the established, glamorous and romanticised interpretations of the night itself. In-turn, this begs us to question our own relationship to the night.
Some of the most beautiful photographic studies of humans will often chose to avert their cameras gaze away from people, choosing to solely focus upon their effects. By doing this Mike has been able to poetically articulate his theme with a strong sense of style.
“The scenes themselves also present the strange but very common ballet between light and dark - the known and unknown. Despite the lights artificial formation, it still travels naturally through the environments”