The Edge of Night

After sunset, I like to watch the sky slowly relinquish its light to the street lamps, car lights, lighted windows and electric signs of the night. I seek out interesting effects created by the lights and the darkening sky. Many of the places I photograph appear unremarkable in the daylight, but they attract my attention as the light shifts and the streets become deserted. Whether in a small town or a big city, I am drawn to the streets and alleys of industrial areas and working-class neighborhoods. Many of these neighborhoods have changed; what were once manufacturing plants and warehouses are now high-priced lofts and boutique stores. I find the mix of old and new in these neighborhoods of converted commercial buildings to be especially intriguing. The long exposures can convey a sense of time and motion that would not be recorded in brighter light. There is a sense of stillness and a quietness in these images which I find evocative and beautiful.

The idea to create this series was planted in my mind long ago. I have always liked to explore. As a boy growing up in rural New Jersey, I would ride my bicycle on the back roads just to see where they led and to soak in the scenery—houses, farms, bridges—along the way. When the family drove into Brooklyn to visit the grandparents, I would stare out the car window at the docks and freight terminals on Manhattan's west side. On Brooklyn's elevated expressways, I would look out at vast industrial neighborhoods, wondering what it would be like to walk around in them. Now I have begun to satisfy that curiosity. The project continues.