This was taken by Rut Blees Luxemburg and used for The Streets’ first album cover.
Luxemburg tends to use only the light emanating from the street at night as her source of light in photographs, this gives the photo a real warmth.
I particularly like this as ‘warmth’ may not be what people initially associate with a high rise flat.
The lights of different houses seems quite comforting as you know you’re not alone/reminds you that even if these big council flats are not the most visually stimulating buildings, they are human.
Some people can be quick to write off council housing/estates as ‘shitholes’ etc as I’ve said already but each light is someone’s home and they take as much care of that as anyone else would.
I find this interview pretty interesting, as she began her studies doing political science, which is something I initially thought of studying a couple of years ago. However she believed that art was a better way of expressing her ideas relating to that, which is definitely something I have discovered over the last year or so about my own work.
This project really works in allowing me to develop solutions and processes to represent social and political issues that interest me.