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Tom Blachford’s Midnight Modern

Tom Blachford Midnight Modern: A bungalow below a skyline of palm trees.

If there’s one place to visit for some of the best of modern architecture in a dramatic setting, it’s Palm Springs. Famous for its high concentration of mid-century houses surrounded by mountains in the middle of the Coachella Valley, there are graphic, clean lines at every turn, with unique style that was at the forefront of innovation at the time – and is still very much celebrated today.

It’s no surprise, then, that this is a city that has been heavily photographed over the years – but no images capture Palm Springs quite like Tom Blachford’s Midnight Modern series. Taken after dark – after that bright sun has set and the day trippers have cleared the streets – the photographs have a calm stillness to them, lit up only by the moonlight and odd street lamp, showing the houses in their full glory.

Although taken in 2013 and ’14, Blachford chose houses that had no modern additions to the outside, and often had an impressive vintage car in the driveway. With the addition of the cinematic aesthetic that the light creates, the images look like they could have been taken 60 years ago.

To see more of Tom Blachford’s work, go to his website.

Tom Blachford Midnight Modern: A futuristic home and a swimming pool set against mountains.

Tom Blachford Midnight Modern: A futuristic home with the lights of Palm Springs behind it in the night sky.

Tom Blachford Midnight Modern: A swimming pool and deck chairs cast in shadow.

Tom Blachford Midnight Modern: A turquoise classic car below a night time sky filled with palm trees.

Tom Blachford Midnight Modern: A classic car on a ledge overlooking a futuristic home on the beach front.

Tom Blachford Midnight Modern: A silver classic car beneath a skyline filled with palm trees.

Words by Angharad Jones. Images courtesy of Tom Blachford



Angharad Jones

Angharad Jones

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