Juror's Choice: Dracula's Castle
One of the most unique aspects of night photography is the way the limited light plays with the landscape to create new worlds. A great example of this is the Juror's Choice image, Dracula’s Castle by Samuel Féron, part of his larger series of the Krafla volcano in Iceland. He shot this series for multiple nights across several square miles of lava fields, craters, volcanic hot springs, and fumaroles.
The series I worked on aims to capture the different parts and impressions that we can get from this area: the hostility reflected by its inhospitable surroundings, the threatening feeling due to the very closed craters that may explode, and at the same time the strange beauty of this area that gives a feeling of quietness.
With such amazing topography, the Krafla volcano would surely be worthy to photograph by day. Féron sees much more potential in night photography however, not only in the Krafla volcano area, but everywhere: “For me, the night is an excellent way to get an alternative view of what is real, as I think that photography cannot be just a copy of reality.” The darkness of night creates such a different atmosphere that his imagination has room to blossom.
Féron finds plenty of inspiration for working during the day, shooting in Bolivia, Ethiopia, the United States and elsewhere. His images of the barren landscape allude to a primal time. There is a sense of uneasiness in the shadows that play tricks on your mind and your imagination truly does run wild.
The exhibition From Dusk to Dawn: Night Photography runs through June 2. The closing reception is on June 1, from 5:00-7:30 PM.