What is the city like, when the people are sleeping and the streets dark and quiet? Many adjectives come to mind: lonely, frightening, dystopian, eerie, disconcerting (to borrow a couple of ideas from Paul Morand). But also solitude, peace, freedom, rest. The night often reflects back to us what we bring it, amplifying our emotion and heightening our senses. But is there something beyond this projection of our own fears, emotion, experience? Some sense of simply what the night is, and not what we imagine it to be? My thoughts on my late night wanderings looking for images has been to find in the extreme light and shadow some true representation of the night time world without a projection. To find the soul of the night.
Minneapolis-based photographer Tim Harincar presents a new and distinctive view of the Twin Cities in his series, The Small Hours. The images, shot over the course of a year in 2017-2018, capture the city as the rest of us sleep, in the hours between midnight and dawn. Most of us never experience the city at this time, or we just past through it quickly, never stopping to observe the unique character of the night. The purpose of this photo essay is to capture some of the interesting visual nature of the city when it is quiet and uninhabited, from empty neighborhood scenes to a retro futuristic, Metropolis-esque city of light and industry.