In the Quiet Hours
I have always been thrilled by the night. On summer evening ice cream runs, I’d gaze out of the back-seat window, watching the moon follow our car. My imagination spun thinking about what could be “out there”. The night with its dark cloak covers the familiar – revealing instead mysterious shapes and strange bright lights.
Night photography started as an exercise to work in the style of an admired artist. Like many, I have been a longtime fan of Todd Hido’s photography. His nocturnal scenes seem laden with suspense and anticipation; they possess a beauty and vulnerability that continues to haunt me.
Hunting down rural trailer parks and forlorn motels echoed themes in his work was quite a lark for me. One evening, my courage gave way to timidity so I explored surrounding landscapes instead. The quiet night unfolded with creatures calling in the distance. With frozen fingers and long exposures in the tranquil night, came unexpected colors from various light sources. I was hooked.
In this latest series, I am continuing my explorations to further satisfy that fascination with the dark hours. Each excursion never fails to present a surprise, be it the sound of the wind in owl wings or an unexpected splash of color.
Cynthia Johnston is a fine arts photographer living in the Boston area. An avid traveler, her interests are mainly street photography and most recently, night photography.
She has participated in several workshops with Ernesto Bazan and Jeff Jacobson which have been integral in forming her approach to image-making. Most recently, she has participated in several sessions of the Griffin MuseumÕs lauded Atelier course led by Meg Birnbaum.
Her work is exhibited in corporate and private collections in the US, Canada and Germany. She has recently exhibited her work at the Danforth and Griffin Museums.
Current projects include a documentary project, Notice: Mill Closed which explores evidence of human relationships once a multi-generational place of work is closed.
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