Insomnia is a showcase of Ishmael Annobil’s night photography, a genre benefiting from the insomnia he has suffered (and enjoyed) since his boarding school days in Ghana, in the 70s. It is also a celebration of the pioneering techniques he developed for photographing the witching hour, “when light stretches beyond visible distance to sculpt and refine shadow”.
The collection focuses on London’s nightscape, revealing an otherworldly side, where noise dissipates into whispers, the heavens seem to close in weightily to take stock, and buildings, streets, revellers, stragglers, hustlers, the lonesome, and the dejected become mythic, commanding our attention, awe, or fear.
“This series of late-night London views speak to something in this present moment – a stark beauty, resilience, grit, faded elegance, determination, fortitude. “
– JILL SILVERMAN VAN COENEGRACHTS (JSVCProjects)
“Apart from being a beautifully collated photographic journey to a familiar but unpopulated nightscape,
it asks the viewer to ponder the purpose and existence of our landscape when devoid of human occupants.”
– STIEVE DE LANCE (Critic & media guru)