Before we invented civilization our ancestors lived mainly in the open out under the sky. Before we devised artificial lights and atmospheric pollution and modern forms of nocturnal entertainment, we watched the stars. There were practical calendar reasons of course, but there was more to it than that. Even today the most jaded city dweller can be unexpectedly moved upon encountering a clear night sky studded with thousands of twinkling stars. When it happens to me after all these years it still takes my breath away~Carl Sagan
It’s true as Carl Sagan says that the stars and planets in the night sky can take our breath away. But artificial light has its unique and often stunning beauty. This week Ann-Christine has invited us to explore artificial light, so I’ve collected a few photos (some old, some new) captured on evening walks here, there, and everywhere.
Rockefeller Center, New York
New York City has always been driven by a restless energy, powered by its citizens, its vision of the future, and its machinery. Rockefeller Center is no less impressive at night than during the day.
Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois
Even on a rainy night in Chicago, Michigan Avenue is flooded with light from cars and high-rise buildings that line the street. Here you can see the reflection of the colored lights from the Uniqlo store “painted” on the street.
Il Duomo, Florence, Italy
Italians embrace the evening, and fill the streets walking, chatting, and drinking wine. I captured this image of Il Duomo from our first rental apartment in Florence several years ago. Its architecture is breathtaking day or night.
Canada Place, Vancouver, B.C.
This last image was captured a few weeks ago on an evening walk past Canada Place in Vancouver Harbor–an iconic landmark in a beautiful city.
Clever architects in Melbourne designed a shopping mall around a historic landmark. The former Shot Factory at night is a spectacular sight.
As I went through my archives and current images, I realized I hadn’t taken many photo walks in the evening for the past few months. Fortunately Ann-Christine’s challenge has sparked my desire to go out more. Thanks, Ann-Christine! We hope you join us this week for her wonderful “Artificial Light” challenge. Be sure to visit her site and see her inspiring and beautiful images.
Last week, you really went wide! I loved your images of wide-angle views of cities and nature close to home and around the world. Thanks to all of you who participated in the challenge. The variety and scope of your photos were terrific.
And finally, next week, it’s Amy’s turn to lead the challenge, so be sure to stop by her beautiful Share and Connect site next Saturday at noon. Until then, have a safe and inspiring week!