Oxford School of Photography

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Twilight photography

Untitled from the series 'Twilight' 2001

Gregory Crewdson

everything is fashion, well everything has fashion and photography is no different, in recent years the areas of photography that can be considered contemporary art have been often about photography at twilight. As is so often the case what seems at the extreme finds it’s way towards the centre and now advertising, fashion and many other areas of photography are deluged under the weight of images taken at twilight, off camera flash is… well  ‘the new black’ So I was interested when a colleague, Scott Billings, showed me a book from an exhibition at the V & A from 2006. Here is a link to the V & A page about that exhibition. http://www.vam.ac.uk/collections/photography/past_exhns/twilight/index.html

“This exhibition focuses on eight contemporary artists whose photography and installations are made at, or suggest, the fleeting state of the world at dusk. It explores a time of day and a quality of light that presents technical challenges but also embodies a haunting mood and the possibility of narrative intrigue or psychological tension.

At twilight, the colour and quality of light go through rapid and dramatic changes. For photographers, who are highly attuned to the subtleties of light, this is a particularly significant and poignant time. The artists in the exhibition have all made work that focuses on the end of the day and investigates twilight, as distinct from night.”

If you want to know where the current trend has come from have a look and be sad you were not there.

Here is a link to the book http://www.amazon.co.uk/Twilight-Photography-Magic-Martin-Barnes/dp/1858943531

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