Stephen Gill, Night Procession
'In March 2014, my family and I moved from east London to rural south Sweden where my partner Lena is from. I understood that these new surroundings would inform my work in very different ways and that nature would play a key role. I was looking forward to making work that did not feel restricted and suffocated by modern photographic technology nor would make an inaccurate projected impression of the natural landscape we had become part of.
On my many walks, I soon came to realise that this new, apparently bleak, flat and open landscape was in fact teeming with intense life. Small clues appeared during daylight hours that helped me understand the extent of activity during the night. Clusters of feathers, animal footprints of all sizes showing regular overlapping routes, gnawed branches, eggshells, ant hills, nibbled mushrooms and busy snails and slugs working through the feast provided from the previous night
I started to imagine the creatures in absolute darkness on the forest floor driven by instincts and their will to survive. I imagined them encountering each other. I thought of their eyes – near redundant in the thick of the night – and their sense of smell and hearing finely tuned and heightened.' Read more here.
Published by Gill's own imprint, Nobody, in 2017. 1st edition, signed. Winner of the 2017 Benrido Hariban Award.
Photographs by Stephen Gill
Words by Karl Ove Knausgård
3 Part cloth bound hardback
86 colour plates
216 mm x 270 mm
Night Procession contains an inserted 16 page saddle stitched booklet with words by Karl Ove Knausgård.