Elwood at Night

Explore the magical quality of the stillness of Elwood during nocturnal hours through photographs by Cathy Henenberg.

Night and darkness often evoke feelings of fear, danger and risk. Cathy Henenberg sets out to challenge these responses in her neighbourhood of Elwood. Photographing at night, juxtaposing light and shadow within compositions devoid of human presence, accentuates solitude and stillness. For Henenberg, there are pleasures in solitude, and the hours spent alone, focusing on the quotidian, paradoxically seem to strengthen her attachment to place and heighten her sense of belonging.

Henenberg’s exploration of these settings at night evokes greater intimacy with place and object; the fence, the tree, the house, the canal become localised, familiar, known, occupied and meaningful. An added surprise is the magical quality - the air of the night, thick like liquid ether, shifts the colours, leading us into an imaginative world, creating mystery and altering our views of place.

Explore the photographic work by Cathy Henenberg.

The Port Phillip City Collection holds four of Cathy Henenberg's photographs.

Elwood at Night is available from 28 January to 6 June 2022

Cathy Henenberg

At the Dark End of the Street #16 2008

Corner Scott and Tennyson Streets Elwood

Cathy Henenberg

At the Dark End of the Street #7 2008

Corner Tennyson and Byron Streets Elwood

Cathy Henenberg

At the Dark End of the Street #15 2008

Walk along Byron Street and connect to the  Elwood Canal path - house near corner of Byron and Goldsmith Streets

Cathy Henenberg

At the Dark End of the Street #5 2008

On the bridge on Broadway looking back up towards Goldsmith Street 

Cathy Henenberg

At the Dark End of the Street #12 2008

Elwood Canal - in the section between Broadway and Ruskin

 

Cathy Henenberg

At the Dark End of the Street #4 2008

Elwood Canal - in the section between Ruskin and Addison

Cathy Henenberg

At the Dark End of the Street #3 2008

Elwood Canal - in the section between Ruskin and Addison

Cathy Henenberg

At the Dark End of the Street #11 2008

Elwood Canal - in the section between Ruskin and Addison

What's nearby?

Tickled Pink 156 Tennyson Street Elwood

The King of Tonga 164A Tennyson Street Elwood

House of Bread and Pastries Elwood 162 Tennyson Street Elwood

Mr Tuppy 164 Tennyson Street Elwood

For information about the Ormond Street shops visit Elwood Village Traders Association