“You darkness, that I come from,
I love you more than all the fires
that fence in the world,
for the fire makes
a circle of light for everyone,
and then no one outside learns of you.
But the darkness pulls in everything:
shapes and fires, animals and myself,
how easily it gathers them! –
powers and people –
and it is possible a great energy
is moving near me.
I have faith in nights.”
― Rainer M. Rilke
The text from Rilke resonates with the mood in this series to such an extent that I at first wanted to put the qoute alone as a project statement. But I reconsidered: This series is a remix of new and old photos from the archive. It is about feeling at home in the night itself and the place is filled with loneliness but also mystery; and the darkness is a poetic darkness more than a scary one. (To me at least.) What might be the real horror (people) moves in daylight. I work with a type of documentary photography and what interests me are those elements of reality that has a certain ambiguity and emptiness – an openness that allows possibilities, poetry and fiction to enter. The photos are not arranged – however, this does not mean they are random. A lot of interesting history and many secrets are connected to each photo. But how much information can you remove and still have a picture with power? Maybe the photos becomes more charged with less details. Now its up to the wiewer to fill inn the empty spaces.