Secret London At Night: The Photography Of Edo Zollo, Reviewed

In The Dark Of Night by Edo Zollo at Artworks Elephant ★★★★☆

Tabish Khan
By Tabish Khan Last edited 29 months ago
Secret London At Night: The Photography Of Edo Zollo, Reviewed In The Dark Of Night by Edo Zollo at Artworks Elephant 4
A lone figure walks alone at night. Copyright Edo Zollo

Two women stand in an alleyway. Are they having a normal discussion or a blazing argument? What's the story behind the lone woman walking at night?

Ambiguity is key to Edo Zollo's photographs. They all capture London at night with little glimpses that draw us in, but leave us to guess the full story behind them.

A perfect example is a pair of legs visible in the Charing Cross subway. We have to build an entire story for ourselves as there's very little we can determine from what we can see.

Adding to this theme of keeping things mysterious is that the photographs are all very small. Magnifying glasses are provided to get a closer look at the detail, but even then this only reveals the fact that the subject of each image is still purposefully unclear.

Some of the pictures even feel sinister. As two people are captured walking, is the one behind following the person ahead? Or is it just two people who happen to be walking in the same direction? The darkness in each image gives all of them a certain threatening edge.

The exhibition is a tribute to all the people watchers out there. How we often spot someone and wonder what their story is, but they quickly move on leaving us none the wiser. In truth we're all just strangers passing each other in night time London.

Just a pair of legs but who do they belong to? Copyright Edo Zollo
Just a discussion or a blazing row? Copyright Edo Zollo
A lone seated figure at The National Theatre. Copyright Edo Zollo
Two strangers in sync, or is one following the other? Copyright Edo Zollo
A smoker looks sinister as his face is bathed in smartphone glow. Copyright Edo Zollo
Where does this tunnel lead? Copyright Edo Zollo

In The Dark Of Night: Photography by Edo Zollo is on at The Artworks Elephant, Elephant Road, SE17 1AY until 7 April. Entrance is free.

Last Updated 14 March 2016