Neon Streets of Hamburg at Night
Neon streets at night do give off a certain vibe. This is why freelance art director and Hamburg native, Mark Broyer took it upon himself to photograph these neon streets in his native city of Hamburg, Germany.
Broyer was first attracted to night photography as a way to explore the beauty in the ordinary. “The city reveals a different face at night so that certain areas can become an imaginary movie stage just through the lights of the surrounding,” he tells My Modern Met. “And I like the absence of people in the photos, which is much easier to accomplish at night.”
As presented by Broyer himself, Hamburg, like many other cities around the world, has two faces. One of them is the one with which we are all familiar with – the one during the day. While the other face, the night side of a city is much darker and lonelier than usual. Neon streets are what make many of these streets and these are what Boyer has captured in his photos. As if captured from various movies, and not making use of a tripod or flash, Boyer’s skill is here for everyone to see. The images he captured are clear and sharp, presenting to everyone, how Hamburg actually looks like when there is no one actually there to see it.
“In the beginning, I tried to challenge myself to find interesting shots in my hometown,” Broyer confesses. “I always thought everything else, especially far away places, were much more interesting. But I just hadn’t looked close enough to find something worthy enough to photograph.”
Adding to his After Hours series of Hamburg at night, which unfolds over four volumes, Broyer has also created clever gifs with select photographs. Collectively titled Voltage Fluctuation, they subtly transform to transport viewers straight into the streets of Hamburg.