Lounging casually against the car, chatting and hanging out with the gang, cigarettes, alcohol, hooded sweat–shirts, sneakers and baseball caps, nighttime gas stations and bus stations on the fringes of modern cities—in Bristol, Halle-Neustadt, Marseille and Los Angeles, Tobias Zielony has documented the way young people stage their appearance in their environment and put their own youth culture on display.
Zielony is fascinated by the way the kids hang around and roam the streets at night, which he sees as a “casual form of the social world”. Darkness increases their isolation from the remainder of the settlement and from the people in the houses and apartments. At night, the kids are the only people occupying public space. Here, they are alone, and darkness is both protection and secrecy.