Dark City

Photographed over four years, I wanted to probe my hometown – normally illuminated by dull, grey daylight – transformed under the cloak of darkness. Garish floodlighting cast deep shadows and silhouettes; hues of pink, cyan and orange coloured the sheets of 5×4. The stage was devoid of its human players and seemed to showcase the scenery’s forgotten beauty, revealing a stark and otherworldly aesthetic in a city drained of its occupants. The built environment, deliberately contrived to service the needs and desires of humanity, makes sense in the context of teeming human life. Without this, its inherent functionality no longer visible, our urban spaces appeared to stand forlorn, waiting to be judged on their genius or folly, beauty or ugliness. Please see details of the book here.

“The smothering blackness operates here like an enchantment… Eckersley reveals what we see when our eyes are closed.” – The Guardian
“Shows the empty humanity of England’s vast metropolis at its most vivid and alluring… This gracious dereliction of the night that descends on the city is wonderfully manifested in this collection.” – Monocle
“There is in fact a whole other world to look at.” – Creative Review
“Eckersley is a photographer with a different perspective… He creates a vision of a city that is scarcely even recognisable as the London we identify with.” – Aesthetica