Christian Waeber

I have been fascinated by night photography for nearly 20 years. My photography is about capturing the essence of what is in front of my camera, it is about simplifying. The long exposures used for night photographs strip the images from the fleeting details; the large shadow areas focus the viewer’s attention on the essential elements of the scene, capturing the essence of the place. When photographing at night, I try to find the way I used to perceive objects in the dark as a child. The most harmless things became monsters; the sense of space and proportions were altered. I want to recreate the imagery of children’s storybooks, with their simple and minimal pictures, and recapture the feelings they used to bring out for me: fascination for the moon, the stars, the oceans, scare of the trees becoming alive, a possible adventure at every street corner.