Darkened Cities by Thierry Cohen
Photos represent post-apocalyptic scenario with bright night skies over cities without any sign of electricity.
More and more people nowadays live, work and repose in the ‘city that never sleeps’ breaking their natural cycles, they simply lose the sight of the sky, becoming a regular rat in a lab. For that reason, raising public awareness to the problem of light pollution was the main goal of Thierry Cohen’s project Darkened Cities. Working as a professional photographer since early 80’s, Cohen has been recognized as one of the pioneers of digital photography.
The series of photos he’s been working on since 2010, represent a rather post-apocalyptic scenario with bright night skies over cities, although without usual portion of ruins and total devastation. In Cohen’s alternative universe we can witness the cities as they are, without any signs of electricity, conquered by nature.
These are the skies that we don’t see, peace of nature that we miss in our everyday life. In his work Cohen uses a special technique of superimposition, taking the sky from one place, and placing it upon cityscape from another. For that he’s travelling to the wild places like Atacama, Mojave or western Sahara deserts, which are free from any signs of light pollution, and situated on exactly the same latitude as the city.
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