Light pollution is possibly the main larceny that unbridled –and irrational– progress have perpetrated against the natural beauty of the night sky. Discerning some star in any medium-sized town is an impossible task, and try to photograph the magic of a night landscape without unwanted halos is tremendously difficult practically in most of the world, even in remote areas.
However, it is not just a matter of aesthetics or ‘spiritual’ sublimation. What is robbing us this luminescent calamity is much, much more than we can imagine:
“Waste of energy (and emissions of greenhouse gases resulting from production), damage to night ecosystems, harmful to human and animal health effects, difficulties in air and maritime traffic, difficulties in astronomy and general loss of perception of the universe on a large scale. It is likely that many of the negative effects of light pollution are still unknown”.
Impressive, right? Bur perhaps more disturbing is the lack of knowledge, poor social consciousness, that exists about this type of pollution, something that popular initiatives like Earth Hour, Save the Night in Europe or CieloBuio try to combat. And although increasingly governments and supranational organizations show a higher degree of sensitivity, the fact is that there’s still no effective steps to reduce or minimise the problem.
Stressing this task of awareness, and emphasizing the beauty, in that human connection to the universe to which we referred at the beginning, here comes ‘Skyglow‘, a beautiful time-lapse short, seasoned with techniques such as ‘star trail ‘, in which photographers Gavin Heffernan and Harun Mehmedinovic perform an exercise in something like urban fiction to show us how the night would be in Los Angeles if we could escape from light pollution.
The video is part of a project of the same name, inspired by the ‘Darkened cities‘ collection by Thierry Cohen and supported by the Dark Sky Association, and recreats, more generally, virtual effects of the elimination of light pollution in different locations of North America.
Do you get the picture now of what we’re missing?
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