Author Andrea Codrington discusses the opening titles for Nightwatch, from her 2003 book Kyle Cooper: Monographics.
Yet another story about a serial killer, Nightwatch provides fuel for the ﬂame of Cooper's obsession with eyes. For this ﬁlm about a serial killer whose hallmark is removing the eyeballs of his victims, Cooper scratches or cuts out the eyes on a series of photographs of young women. This approach, though simple, effectively references the reduction of human to corpse, the spirit having vacated the body in death. An added layer of distance is added by submerging the photos in water, which ripples spectrally on the screen. The type, which is projected onto the water, comes in and out of focus, layered on top of eerily glowing live-action images from the TV coverage of the most recent murder, which segues into the narrative beginning of the ﬁlm.
Andrea Codrington is a Brooklyn-based editor and writer specializing in design and visual culture. She is the co-author of Pause: 59 Minutes of Motion Graphics and sole author of Kyle Cooper: Monographics and has written extensively for such publications as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Metropolitan Home, Metropolis and Cabinet.
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