At night, our ability to see is severely diminished. The nighttime makes us more conscientious to the sounds we hear and the things that move around us. We have the sun to light our days, but depend on artificial light at night. Though we try our best to see through the dark shadows, we can only see but so much with the sodium vapor street lamps of the city. They cannot replace the sun; only augment our vision.
The village takes on a different persona once the sun has set. The frenetic energy of the day is replaced with a peacefulness that the darkness of night brings. There's that popular saying that "the city never sleeps". It does get pretty quiet! Distant conversations are easily heard; footsteps sound closer than they are: tires moving over pavement become pronounced; and distant slamming doors jolt the senses.
I’ve always been curious about the nature of the night—light, shadow and sensation in particular. These photographs are my attempt at delving into that curiosity. They are an extension of my New York Nocturnal series that explores the greater New York City landscape after sunset. Harlem Nocturnal details the village of Harlem specifically.
Definition: Webster's New World Dictionary (Third College Edition)
Noc tur nal 1) of, done or happening in the night 2) functioning or active during the night 3) having blossoms that open at night as some flowers