What if the Lights Really Went Out?

What if the Lights Really Went Out?

Some of you may have seen the new series "Revolution," in which power around the world goes out. Thierry Cohen applies the same concept to some of his work by showing what vast urban areas might look like without light pollution. 

Thierry takes clear night skies from the same  latitudes of urban areas and imposes them above darkened shots of the cities. For more of his work, check out his website.


San Francisco 37° 48’ 30’’ N 2010-10-09 lst 20:58

San Francisco 37° 48' 30'' N 2010-10-9 Lst 20:58


Hong Kong 22° 16’ 38’’ N 2012-03-22 lst 14:00

Hong Kong 22° 16' 38'' N 2012-03-22 Lst 14:00


Rio de Janeiro 22° 56’ 42’’ S 2011-06-04 lst 12:34

Rio de Janeiro 22° 56' 42'' S 2011-06-04 Lst 12:34


São Paulo 23° 32’ 09’’ S 2011-06-07 lst 11:52

São Paulo 23° 32' 09'' S 2011-06-07 Lst 11:52


Shanghai 31° 14’ 39’’ N 2012-03-19 lst 14:42

Shanghai 31° 14' 39'' N 2012-03-19 Lst 14:42


Tokyo 35° 41’ 36’’ N 2011-11-16 lst 23:16

Tokyo 35° 41' 36'' N 2011-11-16 Lst 23:16




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spooky, but nice...

Jordan Insley's picture

long exposure in daytime; contrast, colour balance and tones adjusted to look like night and composited various milky way images into the sky?

seems like a good guesstimation!

Tobias Solem's picture

The idea is what makes it, not the making by itself. A wheel is just "a round thing" and a wagon is just "four wheels with sticks through them" - yet they are some of the more important discoveries of mankind. 

Pixyst's picture

Some African countries do experience such blackouts on a regular basis. Live there for a little while and you will get to appreciate the light 'pollution'.

Ralph Hightower's picture

Thierry Cohen is an amazing, talented photographer taking photography beyond the limits of Earth. I saw his amazing photographs of the International Space Station transiting the Sun