the "Color of Night?" Is it wild neon
light radiating across the darkness of space, the aberrant
glow of the latest technology in industrial lighting, the
eerie "tungsten-blue" of
a tranquil coastside scene? Or is it more interpretive,
like the subtle tones of sepia in an otherwise black and
white photograph that relies mostly on the mystery of what
is not stated, for color information?
Maybe it's a mute point altogether, as David
Hubel of Harvard Medical School, winner of the Nobel prize
for his research on vision suggests: "Rod cells function
only in dim light and are blind to color. Get up on a dark
moonlit night and look around. Although you can see shapes
fairly well, colors are completely absent. It is remarkable
how few people realize that they do without color vision
in dim light." (from "How
We See Colors" ).
Much like the rather inexact discipline of Night Photography,
perhaps decoding "the color of night" is as much
an act of faith as it is science. I think it is very much
akin to dreaming in color - the potential is there - it's
just that sometimes it's not necessary, for the content,
the mood, is so evocatiive that we sense the color, not just
see it, in our dreams.
Our Jurors for this show:
Troy Paiva started
photographing 12 years ago, and was immediately drawn to
the magic of Night Photography. His haunting photos of
a "Lost America" seem to have struck a powerful
chord in the consciousness of citizens of industrialized
societies all over the world.
Thomson, from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
His work has been published
in the U.K. and North America. When not prowling the
prairie at night in search of images, he teaches night
photography, conducting workshops in the Edmonton area.
© Ron Becijos
© Faye Heath