The Guardian describes Darren Almond's landscape photographs, taken at night with long exposures, as "astonishing" and "ethereal". With a couple of exceptions (Fullmoon@Cape Verde, 2013, and Fullmoon@Esk River, 2013) they don't do much for me. This is because the photos look as though they were taken during the day.
The essence of night is mystery. At night even the most mundane landscape is transformed into something strange and otherworldly. Night reveals things that we do not usually see, in particular the moon, planets, meteors, stars, and galaxies. It hints at things we can never really 'get', like the alien atmospheres of other worlds, the vastness of interstellar distances, our insignificance in the infinite cosmos.
For night photos, darkness is the key ingredient. Almond's long exposures burn away the darkness, turning night into day, a flat and mushy sort of day. In doing so, he strips away night's mystery.