Jake Dockins is a photographer based in Dallas, Texas, whose work takes a documentary approach and focuses on humans and their relationship to their surrounding environment. In his latest series, By Night, Jake examines the connection between nightfall and ‘non-places’.
“The term non-place, which is credited to the French Anthropologist Marc Augé, refers to a transient space that holds little to no significance,” explains Jake. “These ‘non-places’ are areas where human beings remain anonymous to people they may encounter. Examples of non-places may include gas stations, stores, and parking lots.
“By photographing at night and using long exposure techniques, I allow a still, yet ominous quality to envelop these photographs. The absence of life after dark in these scenes acts as a symbol for the absence of significance tied to these spaces during the day. Throughout making this work, I became more fascinated by the idea that a ‘non-place’ is determined by the anonymity and loneliness that is occupied by humans in a space.”