For its third juried exhibition, the Leica Store D.C. asked photographers to submit images taken between dusk and dawn. Connoisseurs of moodiness will not be disappointed.
Except for a few interior club photographs by Chris Suspect and an image by Keith Sirchio of an isolated woman pondering a jukebox, most of the exhibit’s contributors offered outside work, primarily images made with available light. Those light sources range from harsh (Craig Maheu’s image of a Motel 66 bathed in an unnatural green glow) to delicate (Tim Hyde’s Venetian fish market nocturne, with weathered steps that call to mind Frederick H. Evans’ famed photograph of a stone stairway in Wells Cathedral).
David Moody offers a pleasingly hazy, moonlit landscape limned in muted tones of lavender, green and orange, as well as an enigmatic image of several figures stirring large vats. And Vincent Ricardel used grainy black-and-white to create a vertiginous and playfully perplexing mixture of palm trees, a rain-slicked sidewalk, and an impossibly starry sky.
But the exhibit’s recurring trope is the dusky urban streetscape. Robert Nathaniel’s “Shoreditch” is a self-referential portrait of a photographer in a cobblestoned street. Joe Newman’s “Lisboa” seeks the same effect in color, lingering on the street’s trolley tracks and overhead wires amid a peach-colored glow.
Meanwhile, Vince Lupo’s “Lights Will Guide You Home”—the photograph chosen as best in show—heightens the unease by capturing a figure walking alone, seemingly pursued by the large, horizontal shadow of a railing that stretches halfway across the frame, a ghostly omen of impending harm.
Through Sept. 13 at Leica Store D.C., 977 F Street NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 787-5900. Mon-Wed 10-6, Thu-Fri 10-7, Sat 10-6, Sun 12-5.