Gated Nights


The two photographic triptychs “Gated Nights” by d.thign show three night shots each in a guarded residential area. Artificial light is part of the staging – nothing unusual in a city. The pictures give off a sense of calm. And yet, on closer inspection, the term “security” appears.

Gated communities are popular places to live and retreat all over the world, suggesting security and order. The night with its darkness is a natural phenomenon and yet it is perceived as threatening. But what is the reason? What means are used in different cultures to convey protection and security? And why?