A major part of photography is cityscapes, typically lots of bright lights in a panoramic image to catch the vastness of how far all the buildings and population spreads. What is typically missing from these photos as well as daily lives if you live in a major city is all the light above, the beautiful stars, far more vast and expansive than any cityscape could ever be. Photographer Thierry Cohen latest project “Villes Eteintes” (Darkened Cities) shows some of the world’s most well known skylines unlike we have ever seen them before, completely dark.
The concept of this alone is really interesting but when you read about the details and the effort that Thierry went through to create these images it’s remarkable. It would have been hard enough to simply travel to all the locations of the cityscapes and capture them and simply put any random image of the sky with stars behind it but Thierry wanted people to see the actual starry night they are missing due to the light pollution. Thierry would record precisely the location of his city image then travel to a desert or remote area at the exact same latitude as the city to capture the night sky. For example his image of the Hong Kong skyline was paired with the nighttime sky of West Saharan Africa. The resulting images are stunning and will be on exhibit at the Danziger Gallery March 28th through May 4th 2013.
Villes Eteintes (Darkened Cities)
More images can be seen at Danziger Gallery