From neon-bathed cities to remote woodlands, nocturnal photographs are filled with mystery and stories waiting to be told. Luca Roys is invested in “night studies” as a genre that delights and inspires, as familiar places are cast as underworlds of play and potential. In 10 the Curfew series, Roys uncovers elements of the nocturnal through three key concepts: time, environment and emotion. These overlapping elements are the focal point for the projects, investigating the temporal changes of night-fall and how a landscape can be completely altered in the viewer’s mind – both conceptually and visually – through a cast of shadows and isolation. To create the photographs, Roys uses 35mm film to shoot fragmented spaces. Each image was captured between 12am and 4am, often in surrounding industrial estates. A surreal green glow reflects off corrugated iron; closed blinds diffuse pink light.
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