michael BODIAM: the featured images were never really conceived as a project as such, they’re more a compilation of images from other projects put together for the obvious reason that they are all photographed at night – in terms of the scale of the subject, it can range from a small area in someone’s back garden all the way to an extensive vista across a sprawling city and anything in between. each different scale appeals to me for different reasons.
sP: who or what influenced this project?
mB: i have always been drawn to the aesthetic that is achieved when things are artificially lit, so in a way you could say that i have been influenced by the things i have seen, however it would be naive to say that what i am doing is something new as many people have chosen to represent the night before me so in terms of peoples work i enjoy i would reference people like mike nelson, gregory crewdson, gary hume’s door paintings, andreas gursky, james casebere & nadav kander to name a few.
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
mB: as i have said, the series was never really shot as a project, so it’s hard to say, however, books featuring the works of the above artists certainly played their part. also, when i think of these images, the music i think of are things like the cinematic orchestra’s ‘motion’ and aphex twin’s ambient works.
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
mB: i’m really enjoying the work of joel tettamanti at the moment, he has such a great eye for subject matter and they’re nicely executed too.