Midland Hotel, Etienne Clement
What does London Nights mean to you? What do you think of when you think of the city after dark?
At night the city reveals itself. There is nobody around. There is nothing to distract you from being an observer. The other thing is that you can disappear. You are not noticed at night. If you put up a tripod during the day, people will come and ask you questions. It is nice to be left alone, to work.
Many of the projects I’ve done since Baltic were of places that have been abandoned. Series like Smashed Sinks and Midland Hotel. It’s very attractive to me to be somewhere where you are not supposed to be. That goes back to childhood, the idea of trespassing in the local abandoned house, where you find whatever is left on the floor.
It’s not your world- there is something very edgy about it. In order to get into these places you have to look the part: if you have a hard hat on and people don’t ask questions. The city at night is a little like trespassing – you are slightly vulnerable. If you are in a dark alley and there’s no one around you have to work quickly.