Die meisten Leute haben ja überhaupt keine Ahnung mehr, wie der Nachthimmel aussieht, wenn ringsum nicht alles in künstliches Licht getaucht wird.
Wie sähen unsere Städte denn aus, wenn man einfach mal ganz konsequent das Licht ausknipst? Verdammt gut, wie sich rausstellt.
Wie das gemacht wurde? Einfach einen schönen Sternenhimmel hinter die Häuser montieren? Nicht ganz:
Cohen does not merely replace one sky with another for convenient photographic legibility. By travelling to places free from light pollution but situated on precisely the same latitude as his cities (and by pointing his camera at the same angle in each case), he obtains skies which, as the world rotates about its axis, are the very ones visible above the cities a few hours earlier or later. He shows, in other words, not a fantasy sky as it might be dreamt, but a real one as it should be seen.
Shanghai 31° 14’ 39’’ N 2012-03-19 lst 14:42, Part of the Darkened Cities series. 100×151 cm Working on the Darkened Cities Project, in 2012, I went close to Merzouga in Marocco near the Algerian bordure to capture Shanghai stars. Merzouga and Shanghai are exactly at the same latitude – 31° 14’ North Latitude – By travelling to wild places free from light pollution but situated on precisely the same latitude as the cities (and by pointing my camera at the same angle in each case), I obtained skies which, as the world rotates about its axis, are the very ones visible above the cities a few hours earlier or later. It shows, in other words, not a fantasy sky as it might be dreamt, but a real one as it should be seen. I match polar-opposite zones, to stitch together contradictory spaces that stand as the two great inner trends of a bipolar world. The dark urban landscapes and vibrant constellations are composites of two images—one of the city and one of the sky. I am merging two different realities to create a third one that has become invisible. We think we see bright night skies over cities, but what we’re seeing is the opposite. These are the skies that we don’t see. In one place absolute darkness still exists. In the city you can't see anymore stars, they are there hidden by light pollution. I am bringing back these skies into the city, to give overwhelming metaphorical and actual life to the sky light that we are letting disappear due to our increasingly urban way of life.