Night on Earth is the title of the film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch: a collection of five vignettes, taking place during the same night, in different cities of the world. This photographic work is a tribute to this film.
All these photos have been taken at night in different cities of the world, and represent situations that convey a certain feeling of melancholy and loneliness. In them, different individuals develop their daily activities in the city when night falls.
Although many photographers prefer daylight for their photographic works, I find the night very inspiring because at night the colors have a special strength, and stand out against a black and dark background. In the night light and darkness fight with unequal forces, since in the end the darkness ends up winning the battle, and the individuals are left alone with their hopes and dreams. In a way, we could say that the night democratizes the citizens all over the world and surrounds them in the same darkness, regardless of their cultural or socioeconomic background.
Photographer: Alfredo Oliva
Bio: My name is Alfredo Oliva and I was born in Seville in 1958. I am a psychologist and I currently work as an associate professor of Developmental Psychology at the University of Sevilla, but photography is a hobby that I live with great passion and intensity, especially during my holidays and weekends. I have been involved in photography from my adolescence. My paternal grandfather was a professional photographer, and my father was an amateur photographer. So there were always cameras and photos at home
I could say that photography is a way of life for me. I’m quite interested in the relationship between psychology and photography. In fact, I teach about this topic in my university and I frequently give talks to photographers because I think psychology can make interesting contributions to photography on aspects related to composition, aesthetics and emotional impact.