Gregg Segal Lures Us In with Toxicity

Humans are not adapted to the nighttime. We adapt the nighttime to us, bringing the day with flashlights and floodlights. Our eyes aren’t made to cut through the dark, so we bring the light. But what if we could see how the residue of light moves through the unseen world after sunset? Gregg Segal answers that question in his series “Nightscape” that is on view at Spot Photo Works in Los Angeles through March 3.

Los Angeles is lit from every angle at every moment, and cameras give us the ability to catch even the smallest rays, and how they fill the darkest corners. The pollution in LA is at once an expanding hazard while also offering a unique artistic opportunity. “At night, the foul, chemical filled air traps the city’s excessive artificial light, and in these long exposure images, our skies turn deep emerald-green, lush amber, eggplant purple, and bubble gum pink,” explains Gregg. “All these glowing hues obscure the stars and what we think of as a proper night sky. Our lurid skyglow is at once toxic and seductive.” Using long exposures, Gregg gives the light time to fill in those corners making a quiet yard look like Times Square.

The series on show covers a decade of work from the California based photographer who has been shooting since he was 11. Similar to his series that highlights the physical trash that humans use in one week, “Nightscape” shows the other kinds of remnants humans leave behind and how they can be transformed into something to behold.

Check out more work by Gregg Segal on Gallery Stock here.