Shooting at twilight

I am really taken with surreal nature of photos shot during twilight. It’s a visual component I am starting to explore for my final project in order to convey a hyper/surreal reality. In the library I found 2 books which explore the use of twilight light also mixed with city lights. In the same way Adam Hinton’s book ‘Lovin’ it’ does.

Peter Bialobrzeski – ‘Neontigers: Photographs of Asian Megacities’

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Neontigers is a series of photographs made by Peter Bialobrzeski about giant megacities in Asia. The book opens by talking about how an architect living in Hong Kong was shocked by the Wests reviews of Blade Runner in the 80’s. They said it was a dark predication of the future, megacities lined with poverty. But the architect saw the Blade Runner world as the place he and most other people in East Asian cities lived in. The photographs in this book take a moment to stop and look at these megacities, showing the beauty and architecture whilst showing the poverty too. The images are shot at night and in twilight in order to create a surreal atmosphere and portray this futuristic ideal but maintaining reality.

“If  you look out over Hong Kong in the evening from The Peak tower, it becomes the Milky Way.” – Florian Haning

Martin Barnes and Kate Best – ‘Twilight: Photography in the magic hour’

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This book, in it’s own words,”focuses on several bodies of contemporary art photography that were made at, or evoke, the fleeting moment of the world at dusk.” It explores how “The hour of twilight also evokes haunting moods and provides scope for narrative intrigue and psychological depth.”. Displaying the work of various art photographers who use the twilight hour to enhance the story in their work and play with light, this book is the bible of twilight photography.

©Philip Lorca Dicorcia
©Robert Adams
©Liang Yue
©Boris Mikhailov

Perhaps this book is not as relevant as I first thought it was, but I do want to explore Liang Yue’s work more.

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