City, lit only by the stars
• Cities, lit only the stars
It would look like the largest metropolis in the world at night without lighting? French photographer Thierry Cohen decided to check it out and created a unique photographic project Darkened Cities - city, lit only with stars. According to the photographer, he created a third reality, something that does not really exist, that is the city without electricity. See how the city would look, lit only with stars.
When, in August 2003, the eastern regions of Canada and the United States plunged into darkness due to a power outage, some residents of New York for the first time saw the starry sky in his life. Big cities at night illuminated with millions of lights: lights, traffic lights, windows, neon signs, storefronts and car headlights. Seen in such conditions the starry sky without light pollution is virtually impossible.
Therefore Thierry Cohen decided to create images that would exactly mimic the city, lit only by the stars.
"By combining the two realities, I created a third, the one we do not see, but that is more or less there. I showed only stars, we have selected the city, "- talked about his photography project.
Rio de Janeiro.
"Photography - is a demonstration of what is not. This is a unique way to fulfill his dream. I do not create the post-apocalyptic metropolis, but only those who have been deprived of electricity. "
To create a photo project "darkened city," Cohen visited nine cities, including New York, San Francisco, Rio de Janeiro and Hong Kong.
Each picture of this project consists of two separate images. Thierry first photographed the city, and then looked for a suitable place unlit in the same latitude as to take a picture of the sky.
Interesting, but Thierry photographed city is not night and day, using gray filters. "To this end, appropriate weather conditions were necessary. To photograph best when the sun is behind the clouds and no harsh shadows, "- said 50-year-old photographer.
Thierry Cohen lives in Paris. For this project, according to the photographer, he went poetically. "This is the artistry, not reality. This allows you to show the world as to how you would like it to be. "
As a professional photographer Thierry Cohen works since 1985. Only twenty years later, he found the time to market their own photo projects, including the "darkened cities."