Monday, February 4, 2013
Night Skies In The City
Have you ever wondered what New York City would look like in the middle of the night if all of the lights were turned off? Photographer Thierry Cohen can show you, if you don't mind a little bit of imagination thrown in. No, he couldn't shut off all the lights in New York for real—he had to do that digitally. But when he combined those now—darkened urban scenes (from cities around the world, I should point out) with photographs of starry night skies made in remote locations on the same latitude, he delivers what the night sky would actually look like to a New Yorker fortunate enough to find his city completely in the dark. Fortunate for those who hate light pollution, I mean—not so fortunate to the millions of people who'd have to deal with that massive havoc if the lights were really turned off! Maybe it's better that we leave the lights on in reality, and only turn them off in this wonderful art.