Thousands of stars can be seen from here on Earth with just the naked eye. But with every passing day, increasing light and air pollution from growing cities diminishes our ability to observe the cosmos.
French artist Thierry Cohen draws attention to this sad loss in his series “Villes éteintes” (Darkened Cities). In this series, he imagines the world’s largest cities under clear night skies.
He says: “By combining two realities, I am making a third that you cannot see… but it exists! I am showing you the missing stars,” says Cohen. “Photography is a way of showing things that we can’t see. Photography is a way to dream. I am not showing you post-apocalyptic cities, merely cities without electricity. I am bringing back the silence.”