The surreal wilderness of the night has always fascinated me. The riverside I walked through during the day, completely transformed after sundown. Along the way, I encountered characters and situations that would never occur during the waking hours. The curiosity about what might happen in such moments really excited me.

But there was a dark side too: the ghost-like creatures that I imagined wandering around in the deepest shadows. Because of my fear, I could never bring myself to approach these mysterious beings directly. They partook in unknown activities and so they shall remain.

Regardless, photography has given me the energy to enjoy the discomfort and experience of this nocturnal wild side. While confronting the darkness outside, I also redeemed the darkness within.

—Aji Susanto Anom