To us, residents of big cities, starry sky has long seemed dark and dull. The illumination of the metropolis, hundreds of thousands of flashing headlights of cars, illuminated high-rise buildings and businesses, bright neon lights, street lamps and decorative garlands, deprives the townspeople of the pleasure of contemplating the twinkling of stars overhead, finding and viewing constellations, making wishes during a starfall. Only far from the city, in the forest or in the mountains, we discover the real beauty of the starry sky. And what would we see if for a few minutes all the cities plunged into darkness? Photographer Thierry Cohen is a hopeless romantic. It was he who came up with the idea to "extinguish" giant megalopolises in order to demonstrate to people what they are depriving themselves of without leaving the city limits. The picturesque art project of the photographer is called Darkened cities- cities, immersed in darkness, illuminated only by an amazingly bright and clear sky, dotted with stars.
Dark and empty Shanghai, calm and quiet New York, gloomy Los Angeles, immobilized Paris, silent Rio and sad San Francisco seem extinct, abandoned, uncomfortable and cold … But only until you pay attention to the upper part of the photo … It is magical, incomparable, amazing - the sky looks like it was strewn with myriads of sparkling diamonds of different carats, and now they shimmer and play with facets in the rays of light.
Of course, the photographer did not "extinguish" the city in the literal sense of the word. He took these photographs outside the city, but at the same latitude, in order to get the same arrangement of stars in the night sky. And then I made two photographs, doing some small manipulations on them. It is unlikely that we will ever see these huge settlements like this with our own eyes, but it was useful to imagine what we lost in the race for scientific and technological progress, comfort and other material benefits. More photos from the Darkened Cities project are on Thierry Cohen's website.