La nuit americaine 2000-2011

The photographs in the series La Nuit Américaine are the outcome of a research into the visual effect produced by ‘day for night’ - a technique that was used in American cinema, specifically in the genre of westerns, as a solution to the problem of night shots. The light of the sun was artificially darkened and consequently replaced by a 'shining moonlight' that eliminated colours, transforming sunny landscapes into faintly-lit canyons, cliffs or hills. The question was whether photographing the Greek landscape using this technique could evoke the aura of the landscapes in western movies. The title of the series is borrowed from the François Truffaut movie La Nuit Américaine (1973) that broadly discusses the artifice of movie making.