The Moroccan Sahara. Beyond the Atlas Mountains, near the Algerian border. This is a place where you will find the blackest black in the world, where the nights are darkest of all. Not a lightproof room that can be plunged into complete darkness artificially, by man, but the natural night as a darkroom. Not the darkness of the classical darkroom, with its artificial repeatability, but the unique one-off darkness of the night.
Experiencing the darkest place on earth can be disorientating. In the desert, the night displays pure light, free from light pollution, free from the light of civilization, and from any form of human light. This darkroom only works in places where night transcends the everyday, with nature as the determining factor. The infinite. The openness. The cosmic.
This project will take shape over the next few years by taking photos in the Sahara and developing them there between dusk and dawn. Making a unified whole.
The moon and stars create a harmony that is not static but dynamic, new every night. The balance is continually shifting, for nothing can exist without its opposite. The exposure to the Saharan night refines and elevates the senses to a higher state of alertness. Similarly, through night sensitivity, the night as a darkroom will capture the subtle dynamics of light in the desert darkness.