Photographs of Darkened Cities

French artist Thierry Cohen has created Darkened Cities (“Villes Eteintes”), an incredible photo series that gives us a glimpse into what the sky would look like above major cities around the world without the interference of light pollution.

Due to city lights it is simply impossible to see this amount of detail in the night sky above a city, so Cohen had to get creative. He recorded the exact latitude and angle of each city photo and then travelled to places free from light pollution but situated on precisely the same latitude as his cities (and made sure to point his camera at the same angle in each case). This is how he was able to capture 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.

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