The Lumen series of night photographs records human presence in the landscape in real time, often registered as movement through the scene. Aircraft, ships and vehicles set a trajectory towards their purposeful destination; an ambulance racing to hospital in the dead of night, cargo ships steering carefully through the inky darkness, or a silent watchful satellite passing high overhead are recorded as a vector of light through the landscape.
These are records of a world in repose, set against the ancient starlight of an earlier universe. The colour of the light-trails shifts further towards red as its distance from us increases. Thus the Lumen photographs can be read as a time line from the present to the primordial past.
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