City as ‘noir’

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I’ve always loved Edward Hopper’s 1942 painting ‘Nighthawks’. The light of the diner seems to have drawn in the customers like moths to a candle – perhaps seeking a little company to stave off late evening loneliness. While cycling I often come across little harbours of light that bring to mind the ‘noir’ aspects of the painting (the painting has influenced much in popular culture, not least of which was Ridley Scott’s ‘Bladerunner’). Last night as I ambled along on my city bike, it was Coryton train station that caught my eye, an island of radiance in a lonely suburban spot.

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