South-African photographer and visual artist Elsa Bleda captures moody, nighttime scenes that radiate a dream-like fluorescent glow. Bleda’s cinematic images were taken between Istanbul and Johannesburg, but evoke an alternative dystopian reality. In the case of Johannesburg, Bleda explains, “The city reveals itself in a very surreal way with so many Gothic elements that I haven’t come across in another city before.”
Her hauntingly beautiful images depict fog-filled woodlands, desolate city streets, and snow-covered buildings. In each shot, artificial lights dictate the color palette washing the scenes in rich neon hues. Street lamps, corner shops, and mysterious windows emit eerie hazy glows out into the night. In Bleda’s most recent work, signs of life are rare. Human forms are reduced to silhouettes, stark against vivid fluorescence, or picked out by unknown car headlights. In one shot, street pigeons take flight, uplit by a pink neon glare.