"Light is a symbol for truth, it is at the centre of how and why we make pictures."
- Robert Adams
The dignity of the scenes photographed in the selection from this body of work has gradually grown outward from inside these homes and workplaces out of the necessities and character of the inhabitants. Any perceived imperfections, such as a cracked asphalt or perhaps a graffiti tag are cherished expressions of our shared identities as intrepid and self reliant people. This work is about how we are working this ground in our attempt to strike out and forge our way in this world. These photographs are intended to be a buoyant and majestic appreciation of our neighborhoods. The night, triggering a physiological change in our brains, is a time of reflection, a time to open ourselves to new potential and possibilities. Each photograph represents a stretched length of time fixed onto a negative. These are time exposures from between thirty seconds to thirty minutes. As a photographer, it is important for me to make images using only available light. Extraneous light, such as a flash or strobe, is never added during the exposure times. I want the integrity and authenticity inherent in the scene to remain true. In my view, adding light dramatizes the scene, thereby diminishing the truth of the picture. I am attempting to illustrate the beauty of what the negative captures from what is there, rather than making the scene. This work is a documentary of the stories of our present times, yet ever changing.
Stephen Brookbank, 2013