We spin around the nights (Photo Series)
[2013 - 2014] On Sunday evenings, at ‘closing time’ during the winter months of 2012–13 I conducted nocturnal peregrinatory walks alone through the streets of London. And these images appeared; on one hand, Pubs like ships in the night, a mid-distance front take showing the shadowy exterior, empty streets, abandoned bikes, useless phone cabins, mailboxes, everything lit by a few lamps. And then the bright interior that invites us to look in on what’s happening inside. A bunch of people hanging onto the remnants of that damned hour when pubs are almost closing. On the other hand, parks, corners and sidewalks in the middle of the night, nocturnal cityscapes of London, but with a wider, more distant gaze. In the logic of the series they function as context, as a more distant portrait but of the same moment in the night’s deepness. While outside the city sleeps, others plot their own revolution within their hearts, get lost in the nights in order to remake themselves every day, to change everything by changing themselves.
"These moments during the ‘graveyard hour’ of the slowest night of the drinking week provide Sanchez with an urban study within his recurrent theme of landscapes as performance. Between Walter Benjamin’s Flâneur and Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks, he situates himself as both observer and subject within the work—a single pensive figure in the lonely sea of Sunday night drinkers."