I like to see a city once the sun fades, revealing a beauty masked by the light of day. Dark edges and shabby corners come alive; illuminated by street-lights, moonlight, and the shadows they cast.
Darkness awakens people of the night. Alleys become the canvas for street artists; applying works of art to moonlit surfaces, knowing full well that they will only last for a blink of an eye. Where I live the graffiti squad will have them whitewashed the next day – and it doesn’t matter because it was wonderful while it lasted.
Darkness transforms the ordinary, it allows us to view our surroundings in a different light. Things we pass by every day without so much as a sideways glance, busy hubs evacuated by darkness, even the street we live on – now works of art. Ponder a city at night; this is the place it’s heart beats, the place to understand what it is.