February 11, 2022
Documenting the people, places and livelihoods of the night shift
IN CONVERSATION WITH BRIAN DOUGLAS
Photography by Brian Douglas
Interview by Melanie Meggs
As a photographer, Brian Douglas' goal is to use photography to draw the viewer in. Creating an image that tells a story, Brian captures a client’s vision or creatively depicts architecture, nature and still life in their most raw and honest forms. Brian grew up in Newmarket, Ontario but has travelled to various parts of Mexico, Hawaii, Cuba as well as the East and West Coast of Canada; his camera always at the ready to capture another story.
The 5 A.M. project developed out of an interest to step outside of Brian's 9-to-5 world to document people, places and livelihoods at — or as close as possible to — 5 a.m. The world may look very different when not congested with people and cars but that does not mean we have all settled in for sleep.
"Every day 5 a.m. passes me by. While I am asleep there is a world that I am completely detached from. When I begin settling in for the evening there are countless others getting themselves ready to start their day. From bakers and farmers to gas station attendants and factory line workers, we live in a world that never truly sleeps. Productivity and services continue to be provided while many of us are asleep and dreaming. When I wake up in the morning I can, without a second thought, enjoy freshly made bread, produce picked hours earlier or even a newly paved road."