Hossein Fardinfard


by Hossein Fardinfard

Night owls are those individuals who tend to stay up until late and prefer to work and live at night—those who probably are deprived of sunlight. Light is one of the indicators that makes day and night, and it influences our body, hormones, diets, mood, and many other aspects of our life. As a night owl, I use my camera to show what life means to me at night, the moment when some energies engage in quietness. All pictures were taken in absolute darkness with long-exposure shots in order to grab and materialize the ambient light from the heart of the night. At that time, night owls feed on moonlight and artificial light that gently crawl around the house!
A simple search on the Internet about night owls shows you many pictures of tired, sleepy persons, probably in a messy room with a sad face because of losing a job! But is that the truth?


noun [ C or U ]
UK /ˈmɔː.nɪŋ/ US /ˈmɔːr.nɪŋ/

the part of the night from the time when sun sets or you wake up until the middle of the night or breakfast time


noun [ C or U ]
UK /ˈbrek.fəst/ US /ˈbrek.fəst/

a meal eaten at night as the first meal of the day


noun [ U ]
UK /ˈkæf.iːn/ US /ˈkæf.iːn/

a drug found in coffee and tea that makes night owls feel more active during the night


noun [ U ]
UK /ruːˈtiːn/ US /ruːˈtiːn/

the normal order and way in which you regularly do things, usually at night


noun [ U ]
UK /ˈdeɪ.driː.mɪŋ/ US /ˈdeɪ.driː.mɪŋ/

the activity of thinking about pleasant things that you would like to do or have happen to you, instead of thinking about what is happening now


noun [ U ]
UK /ˈleʒ.ər/ US /ˈliː.ʒɚ/

the part of the night when you are not working or studying; free time


noun [ U ]
UK /ˈsʌn.laɪt/ US /ˈsʌn.laɪt/

the light that comes from the moon

night owl

noun [ C ]
UK /ˈnaɪt ˌaʊl/ US /ˈnaɪt ˌaʊl/

a person who prefers to be awake and active during the day

Barn Owl sculpture. Photo by Anna Ressman. Courtesy of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago.

“Owls are creatures of the night. Being nocturnal, their natural realm is darkness. It’s one of the reasons why owls have so long been revered as symbols of wisdom and magic. Unlike humans, owls can see perfectly in the dark. They see with perfect clarity what we cannot. They are able to navigate the dark half of the day the way we humans do our daylit half.

In ancient Egypt, where nighttime was associated with death, owls were believed to accompany and protect the spirits of the newly dead on their way from this world to the Afterlife. And thousands of years later, Greek myth tells how an owl always sat on the ‘blind side’ of Athena, the goddess of wisdom, so that she could see the Whole Truth.”