«Color Me Night» was born of roughly four years of travel across four continents. From North America to Europe to Asia and Africa, my journey took me from a sedentary lifestyle, working as a studio artist in Chicago, to a peripatetic one as a photojournalist covering conflicts and social upheaval in such places as Afghanistan, Southern Turkey, Kenya, Thailand or the border between Chad and Sudan. 

In my work I encountered a great deal of death, destruction, destitution and oppression – in short, the darkest aspects of humanity. This prompted big questions about our nature as human beings and about my own motivation to bear witness to the suffering of others. I suppose you could say it took me to a very dark place, and it is only fitting that all but one photograph in the book was taken at night, yet these are a celebration of life, of decadence, freedom, and love, things one often feels intensely when confronted with their counterparts.

A certain kind of magic happens when the sun goes down. Shadows play tricks on the imagination. Colours take on a new richness and depth. Forms become blurred, abstract, more painterly and mysterious. People simmer down and reveal themselves, angels becoming demons and demons becoming angels. Mythic creatures appear, and the line between what is safe and what you want, between madness and inspiration, becomes as nebulous as some of the resulting images. 

Obscurity lends itself to a kind of reverie. A threshold presents itself, daring you to cross it, to dream and to live as in a dream. This journal by night is an expression of that space where the infinite and the finite seem to mingle with ease - a space I often find myself in, plotting my own destiny.

 

Anne Holmes is a freelance photojournalist, writer and producer of multimedia reportage currently based in France. She regularly teaches workshops and lends her expertise at public speaking events. A classically trained painter and sculptor, she received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2003.

In 2005 she moved to Asia, with a home base of Bangkok. In 2007, she officially launched her career as a photojournalist, specializing in conflict, environmental, and human rights issues in Africa, the Middle East, and Western and Southeast Asia.

Her writings and/or photographs have been published by the likes of The New York Times, The Montreal Gazette, Reuters, Internazionale, Handicap International, The International Labor Organization, Monocle, Silvershotz, Ekstrabladet, and Vice Magazine. She regularly exhibits her work internationally and her multimedia dispatch on the Kenyan Crisis has screened at major photography and film festivals, including NY Photo Festival, and the Geneva Film Festival and International Forum on Human Rights. 

When not out and about photographing, Anne is busy in the kitchen experimenting with various cuisines discovered during her travels.

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