Night Happens in the Background: An Archive of Cinematic Nigh

Night Happens in the Background: An Archive of Cinematic Nigh

Through this ongoing archiving project, I use photography to document artificial night in cinema, looking for moments when nighttime becomes an agent itself, driving narrative or setting mood. These are fleeting movie moments, seconds of background imagery. I watch films 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. When I display these photographic documents, I also include excerpts of the script from the scenes. The photos of nighttime become a set and the viewer, a protagonist, revealing the psychological impact of night.

All photos are pigmented prints editions of 10. These portfolio pages represent installation shots. The archive currently has over 100 images. They are broken into categories such as nighttime for lovers or nighttime for strangers. Please contact me (hollyveselka@gmail.com) to view more images from the archive.

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