All images by Mark Broyer. Used with Creative Commons permission.
We’ve been following the night strolls of Hamburg-based photographer and art director Mark Broyer through his After Hours series, curious about the persona his town takes on come nighttime. We find ourselves wanting to do some street photography at night with each installment, and the two latest ones are no exception. If you too are looking for inspiration for your next street photography project, you’ve come to the right place.
First time learning about Broyer’s nighttime series? After Hours takes us around the empty streets of the German port city to uncover a different side (or personality, if you will) that comes to life as the town sleeps. In this vibrant body of work that has been going on since 2016, he finds beauty in the ordinary, uncovering colorful corners of Hamburg that are cinematic.
While early installments featured rainbow colors and eye-catching spaces, we’ve noticed that the following sets take on calmer moods and a more cinematic color palette. This “trend” continues into the latest volumes with a mix of visually-busy locations and quiet spots. The most noticeable quality of these two volumes is the use of more minimalist color schemes to create a certain mood. This is especially evident in Volume 7, where we see Broyer experimenting with a color study in the streets.
Volume 8, however, looks like a collection of spaces where light and a little bit of color make them more eye-catching. Our eyes may roam for a bit around the frame, but the light and colors end up guiding us to what we really should be looking at.
If you like this approach to street photography at night, you might also want to check out Mark Broyer’s moody What the Fog series. Don’t forget to visit his website and Behance portfolio as well to see the rest of his projects.