This series of photographs of Glasgow and Paris at night capture the two cities the artists have lived in over the past three years, their changing topographies and our response to them. Images of the city after dusk once night has fallen, shows how our view of cities differs under urban lights. We read the city differently
according to what is visible and what is 'hidden' - in the darkness the photographic eye registers and records a different image from the one we see, it has enhanced vision. The artists state "Controlling the photographic eye reveals the light within the darkness, capturing a multitude of images in one, the retina recording, within the space of the frame, time passing."
Each of these images is a 'decor', a 'mise en scene' within which an action has passed and been recorded.
The long exposure only partially reconstitutes these actions creating a cinematographic image, which has time, and movement fixed in one photographic image - hence the evocation of a cinematic scene.
Louise and Stéphan have worked together since 1992, collaborating initially on 16mm film and more recently on photographic work. This combination of film and photography now informs much of their work on inner city landscapes.
A specially produced minigraph with an article in English and French by Yann Beauvais was produced to co-incide with the show.
A slideshow selection of images from the show together with documentation of the exhibition in situ.
Louise Crawford & Stéphan Guéneau
Ran from 9th December 2003 - 31st January 2004