Suburbs at Night – by Ben Kelley

7 Nov

We see the suburbs as ugly; we lament the loss of natural beauty.
We rush around by day filling every second, yet feeling completely unfulfilled.
And while we sleep wondering what it’s all about and perhaps dreaming of what once was,
the silent beauty of the landscape returns; altered, yet still there.

People have described my work as dark and menacing, with a foreboding quality, but I think this is more to do
with the viewer’s own perceptions, formed by influences like human nature, upbringing and a paranoid media;
which push the idea that bad things happen at night. For me, these are places that have a certain magic to
them, rather than menace.

While the urban landscape is full of activity by day with people and cars, my photos are absent of these so
as not to distract the viewer. There is a distinct absence of people because human nature first draws our
attention to figures, and away from the landscape. The focus of my photography isn’t on people but on place,
on the landscape itself.

My series ‘Suburbs at Night’ is an ongoing exploration started in 2009 that attempts
to seek out these spaces and the landscape that remains, although forever changed, still timeless.

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4 Responses to “Suburbs at Night – by Ben Kelley”

  1. sjophotography November 7, 2012 at 1:47 pm #

    Really glad i came across this. Its different and i like that. You make a good point that we have so many distractions visible during the day and its only when you have captured these at night that you see the true beauty of it. I really love how sharp the images have come out and how well you focus the light sources.

  2. sedge808 November 9, 2012 at 1:13 am #

    superb night shots.

  3. Dominic Bugatto November 24, 2012 at 2:14 pm #

    Wonderful series

  4. David Young January 16, 2013 at 1:37 am #

    Magical images, superb.

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