Gary Cawood Statement

Artist Statement
Night Patrol is a tour of the ordinary, the kind of places we experience without noticing. When making the rounds after dark, however, details emerge from the shadows that suggest a more mysterious existence, an unsettling sense that familiarity is just an illusion. It seems that photographs are the perfect vehicles for this kind of inspection. Through careful observation, scenes from the real world mingle with the imagination, like stage sets for a drama yet to be invented.

Process Statement
I used both a view camera and a Silvestri wide field with 6 X 9 cm. roll film. The lighting conditions were often darker than the capability of my spot meter, so I learned to guess the exposures—usually between two and five minutes. The prints are not manipulated beyond what I consider normal refinements in the darkroom.

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