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Lens-Artists Photo Challange 166: “Artificial light”

Our world isn’t dark anymore. Many, many lights turning darkness into bright light each day night, resulting in a lot of problems for nature. Insects are attracted by the many lights and disturbed in their natural communication. Many mammals are active during dark times. Those animals can’t hide anymore properly. And we need all those animals although they don’t need us. Even astronomists are struggling with the huge amounts of light at nighttime: light-pollution. Take a look and see: no dark areas at night.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy for having proper illumination at home and at work. But, I’m sure, we can do more, to have the security at night from the light and at the same time preserve nature.



We really turned night to day and I have to admit, I like many of the illuminations.

Thanks, Ann-Christine, for this wonderful theme for this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge.

P.S. don’t forget to click on the images to enlarge them.

Take care!

19 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challange 166: “Artificial light””

  1. Ah – a magnificent gallery indeed! Light pollution is scary – we are loosing our ability to walk in the dark. I grew up in the dark countryside and had to walk a great deal without proper lighting. But you learn to manage that. Today it does not work for me…but I am of course growing old too. A great post!

  2. What an amazing gallery, Andre. Flagstaff, AZ, some hours north of us is a Dark Sky city. “The City of Flagstaff holds the distinct honor of being designated by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) as the world’s first Dark Sky Community in 2001.” Haven’t been there at night but when we’re at the cabin in Wyoming, we’re really in a dark non-city area where you can see all the stars and other celestial things. I often walk through the house in the dark, but I always hope my husband hasn’t moved something around so I don’t run into it. 🙂


    1. Yes, I know, there are some really dark areas left in the US. I so jealous on some US based astro photographers having a darker backyard than any place here in Europe

  3. Well Andre, sometimes I get tired out by how much I enjoy your images, and there are so many along the way that I want to comment on that by the end I’ve forgotten which they were! I know I loved your arial shots, the neon footsteps and the mine (was it a mine?) along with all of the rest! Beautiful work as always

    1. thank yo so much, Tina. #3 in the 2nd row is a former steel plant. This structure, the extension arm of a former crane, is called ‘crocodile’ because of the color and the shape. The middle image of row 3 is a mining museum. The huge part above the building is the elevator of the mine. Although, in this special case it’s only the overground part, because it’s a museum and not a converted ‘real’ mine.

  4. Fantastic gallery. Amazing how beautiful this pollution looks; you really have to move 50 kms away to see it as the pollution it is.

    One of your photos looks like an industrial facility in the middle of some dunes. Looks amazing, but I couldn’t figure out what it was.

    1. Thanks. Yes, the general rule is, you have to go away 50-70 km from a city to get rid of the light pollution created by the city. And that’s very hard in middle and southern Europe. In East Europe and Scandinavia you should still have the opportunity to see pure the night sky. But, I can show you images from Northern Norway (above the arctic circle) where we still have a lot of light pollution in.
      I guess, you’re talking about the second image for the 4th row: it’s a view in a brow-coal mine.

  5. GREAT photos, and very good thoughts. Now you have to search hard for a ‘dark’ place to see the stars. Imagine, for most of Man’s history, they could see the Milky Way and the BILLIONS of TRILLIONS of stars. Amazing.

    1. Thanks, John. You’re right, much of the beauty of a starry night vanished in the last few decades. A beauty having been above us for millennia.

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