Dark Sky

The photographs in this series present portrayal of one of the darkest places on the planet. A place where all attempts to illuminate the landscape have been denied, yet every inch of the land is fenced off and devoted to agriculture.

Darkness in its simplest form is a lack of ability to see, and light pollution exists as a much greater issue than the need to see the stars in our cities. It is known to have effects of human health including links to obesity, cancer, depression, sleep disorders and diabetes, as well as damage to our eyes from the screens we increasingly use.

Light pollution also significantly effects wildlife and ecosystems, this could be anything from a negative impact on nocturnal wildlife and migratory birds, to a disruption in the plant life cycles on which everything depends. 

Aside from all of this, it has the potential to dampen our study of the cosmos, a pursuit which may hold many of the answers to life’s great questions. Our understanding of this subject certainly not complete, linear, or even understood, but rather a growing knowledge. With respect to this, the work aims to acknowledge individual interpretations, inviting the viewer to look harder.

The project is less interested in objectivity, rather experience. Photography operates solely within the visual realm of the sensory, and our understanding of our environment is created on much more than this. Working in the depths of night, making these images was akin to sensory deprivation. In such darkness it becomes easier to study the projections of the mind and explore the limits of the visible.

Photographs of the night often involve pushing the limits of the camera, from long exposures to extreme light sensitivities. These pictures were made by experimenting with such processes, however attempt to show a closer representation of what is truly visible in such a place than most night time photography. Some of the images may require you to adjust your eyes to see anything at all, but are those stars, or digital noise?