Cities take on a different persona at night, and they can either be full of energy or melancholy, depending on the city, the districts, or time of the night. Street photographers who prowl their towns by nightfall know this very well, and it’s interesting how their photo narratives reveal which part of the night they prefer to document. For Hamburg-based photographer Mark Broyer, it’s the colorful after hours of his city.
Flipping through the images, you’ll see a range of neon-lit scenes, from store fronts and bar entrances, to street side signs, to interestingly gritty wall sections and then some. But while the scenes look ripe for crowds of night owls, Broyer’s images are totally void of people, allowing the streets of Hamburg to speak for themselves. Color is everywhere in Mark’s nighttime serenade for his city, and true to his mission, it’s in the simple everyday objects and corners we typically don’t give much attention.
Mark Broyer is working as a freelance art director and graphic designer in Hamburg, Germany. The series “After Hours in Hamburg” was captured from 2016-2017. While perhaps lonely or even somewhat concerning to some, Broyer’s depiction of Hamburg can also be seen as a darkly enticing urban jungle well worth exploring. More of Mark Broyer’s photographs can be found on his website: intothelife
All images by Mark Broyer