Something more than night

By Michael W. Hicks

Something More Than Night is driven by the search for purpose in an absurd world. I’m interested in how roles are performed in society and how they play into the search for meaning, where alienation and loneliness have become more and more omnipresent.

I consider myself both a casting director and a location scout, a writer and director. In creating a world, I seek out people and places that evoke an uncanny normalcy, of something that feels both real and manufactured, both of this world and set apart from it.

The subjects of my photographs are characters that I have cast as hotel clerks, salespeople, actors and actresses, bartenders, police detectives. They move through a manufactured landscape, playing their prescribed roles, existing in suspended moments of tension that never resolve, aware that death lies at the end of every road. The action is happening just out of frame, much like death, standing at the edge of what we can comprehend.