Night Shift

Digital, 2017

The garish city lights coalesce, moving and twisting, their neon glow creating a fusion of images. Nothing is clear or definite to anyone viewing this scene. Buildings and streets flow one into another, but appear stark in contrast to the gloom of the rain and the night.

Standing in the foreground is a figure observing the cityscape before him. From his clothing, it could be a gumshoe from mid twentieth century America, straight from the hard-boiled detective fiction of Dashiell Hammett or Raymond Chandler – this could be Sam Spade or Philip Marlowe. In which case he may be watching someone, and the lights in the background are a mere distraction to him. He has other things on his mind.

Or maybe these abstract colours, flowing one into another, indicate how this person perceives the city itself. It is a blur of rapid movement which eludes his vision, preventing him from focusing on any one aspect of life in this confusing world. As he huddles against the rain, and the wet streets reflect this perplexing image back to him, there is nothing but uncertainty all around – perhaps it is an existence from which he longs to escape.

Text: Richard Hayes