Night Happens in the Background: An Archive of An Archive of Cinematic Night

Night Happens in the Background: An Archive of An Archive of Cinematic Night

Night Happens in the Background: Rebel without a Cause, 1955

archival pigment print, 24 x 32 in., 2017.

 

This ongoing project uses photography to document artificial night on screen. Because of the restrictions of low light environments, cinematic nighttime is often faked with elaborate sets and camera tricks. The photos in this series look for these constructed sets. They represent moments when nighttime becomes an agent itself, driving narrative, setting mood, defining intention. These are fleeting moments: an extended and frozen night inside a studio becomes seconds of background imagery. I stream movies online and shoot the photos with my cell phone held close to the computer, eliminating figurative elements. The results are bright, pixilated, showing the artifice of the screen. The constant presence of the physical world is evident even in the designed realities of our virtual experiences.

All photos are pigmented prints, 24 x 32 in., editions of 10.

Night Happens in the Background: Rebel without a Cause, 1955

Night Happens in the Background: Rebel without a Cause, 1955

archival pigment print, 24 x 32 in., 2017.

Night Happens in the Background: The War of the Worlds, 1953

Night Happens in the Background: The War of the Worlds, 1953

archival pigment print, 24 x 32 in., 2017.

Night Happens in the Background: The War of the Worlds, 1953

Night Happens in the Background: The War of the Worlds, 1953

archival pigment print, 24 x 32 in., 2017.

Night Happens in the Background: The War of the Worlds, 1953

Night Happens in the Background: The War of the Worlds, 1953

archival pigment print, 24 x 32 in., 2017.

Night Happens in the Background: Don't Make Waves, 1967

Night Happens in the Background: Don't Make Waves, 1967

archival pigment print, 24 x 32 in., 2017.

Night Happens in the Background: Valley of the Dolls, 1967

Night Happens in the Background: Valley of the Dolls, 1967

archival pigment print, 24 x 32 in., 2017.

Night Happens in the Background: Valley of the Dolls, 1967

Night Happens in the Background: Valley of the Dolls, 1967

archival pigment print, 24 x 32 in., 2017.

Night Happens in the Background: They Shoot Horses Don't They, 1969

Night Happens in the Background: They Shoot Horses Don't They, 1969

archival pigment print, 24 x 32 in., 2017.