What were you born “too late” for?

Answer by Suryansh Jalan:

Too late to be able to look up at the night sky and be over-awed by the amazing collection of stars and galaxies not visible to the naked eye anymore due to Light pollution.

(Picture of Paris)

These are pictures developed by Cohen. He photographs the world’s major cities, seeking out views that resonate for him and noting the precise time, angle, and latitude and longitude of his exposure. As the world rotates around its axis the stars that would have been visible above a particular city move to deserts, plains, and other places free of light pollution. By noting the precise latitude and angle of his cityscape, Cohen is able to track the earth’s rotation to places of atmospheric clarity like the Mojave, the Sahara, and the Atacama desert. There he sets up his camera to record what is lost to modern urban dwellers. Compositing the two images, Cohen creates a single new image full of resonance and nuance.

This is the result:

(Rio)

(San Francisco)

(Empire State Building New York)

The work is both political and spiritual questioning not only what we are doing to the planet but drawing unexpected connections between disparate locations. Equally importantly it asks: what do we miss by obscuring the visibility of stars?  As the world’s population becomes increasingly urban, there is a disjunction with the natural world which both Cohen and science posit causes both physical and psychological harm. Cities that never sleep are made up of millions of individuals breaking natural cycles of work and repose. Cohen’s photographs attempt to restore our vision, and in beautifully crafted prints and  images offer the viewer a possibility – to re-connect us to the infinite energy of the stars.

(Los Angeles)

(Sao Paolo)

(Shanghai)

I remember being grateful for my college being in the middle of nowhere just because I could lie awake on the terrace and stare at the night sky.

Can you imagine how differently we'd be living our lives if the night sky looked like this, aware of all that is around us?

Light pollution among other things, has robbed humanity of a look at its immediate surroundings and holed us up into our lighted up devices.

So tonight, live little. GO outside and have a look up. You might just live your life a little differently.

(Hong Kong)

What were you born "too late" for?

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