Easton Nights is the new exhibition from photographer Peter Ydeen. It is a story of an American city which begins with a world we often see as mundane reality, only to reveal cascading layers of mystical and romantic stages. Backyards, car lots, trucks, houses, signs and faceless Toyotas work together forming surreal environments one might expect in a Guillermo del Toro film or possibly the animated energy found in a Burchfield landscape. With its unique colour-wheel and ambient lights, the night isolates and then amplifies our curious environment giving homage to what we often ignore.
This story centers on Easton, but encompasses the entire Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania as well as the sister town of Phillipsburg, New Jersey. With a population of almost one million, the area has no real downtown or urban centre. Instead, it is a grouping of many small towns, many Main Streets, and many nationalities. This, together with a history dating back to the Revolution, creates a microcosm both unique and typical; a fascinating cross-section of Americana.
Peter began Easton Nights in late 2015 and now, after almost three years, he has attained his goal of sharing it with the people whose worlds he photographs. First shown in May of 2018 at Brick and Mortar Gallery in Easton, the show now travels to Philadelphia with a show at Saint Josephs University. He is currently working on plans to have the show continue to travel to other institutions in Pennsylvania and the surrounding states.
The exhibition runs from Monday August 20th until Tuesday September 25th at Saint Josephs University, Pennsylvania with an Artist’s Talk with Peter on Tuesday September 25th.
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All images copyright Peter Ydeen.