suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
william ECKERSLEY: It is a collection of large format images that I’ve shot over the last four years depicting the urban environment at night. London tends to covered by clouds, so daylight is flat, diffused and grey. At night however, you find sharp areas of light and shade in sometimes sickly colour temperatures from all the different light sources (sodium, halogen, fluorescent, etc). With the eerie lack of humanity, it’s also possible to view the urban environment without it’s inherent purpose of serving and facilitating human life, and so revealing to me questions about its “genius or folly, beauty or ugliness.”
sP: What or who influenced this project?
wE: The photographs of Todd Hido, Gregory Crewdson, O Winston Link, Peter Bialobrezeski and Alejandro Chaskielberg. Also a number of scenes from the film Heat, as well as a lot of Stanley Kubrick.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
wE: I mainly read newspapers, I can’t remember watching anything very specific over its four year development, but I listened to a song called Technology by Ed Rush and Nico, at times, continually.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
wE: Sternfeld, Soth, Shore, Struth, Simon, Seawright, Steacy, Schutmaat, Schulz, Slade, Shields. Ok, I had to look through some books to come up with a few of those, and there could be other candidates (whose names don’t begin with S). . . .
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