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    Thierry Cohen’s Darkened Cities


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    The Atlantic has this great post on the work of Thierry Cohen, who imagines what cities would look like without the ubiquitous light pollution present in every urban area.

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    The Atlantic explains his process:

    He photographed the cities by day to capture the silhouette of their skylines, then darkened them in post-production. He then dropped in the more vibrant skies he found in places like the Western Sahara behind blacked-out skyscrapers. The result is strange, to say the least, but beautiful, especially in those images depicting coastline cities, where supernovas and star clusters are reflected in the harbors below.

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    Lovely stuff. Reminds me of this recent photo of New York City during Sandy.

    All images courtesy of Thierry Cohen. Check out more of his work on his homepage. Link via The Atlantic.

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