What Cities Would Look Like if Lit Only by the Stars

“Carl Sagan once said anything shining in the night sky does so because of distant nuclear fusion. The physics involved are awesome, and so too are the billions and billions of stars seen from here on Earth. But with every passing day, increasing light and air pollution from growing cities diminishes our ability to observe the cosmos.”

‘“By combining two realities, I am making a third that you cannot see … but it exists! I am showing you the missing stars,” says Cohen. “Photography is way of showing things that we can’t see. Photography is a way to dream. I am not showing you post-apocalyptic cities, merely cities without electricity. I am bringing back the silence.”’  French artist Thierry Cohen

To really see the impact of the night sky view FULL size pictures at: Wired, Thierry Cohen, Darkened Cities

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

Rio de Janeiro

‘“Photography is about poetry more than it is about reality,” says Cohen. “It is how you see the world. You can show the world you want to show.”’

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

San Francisco

“French artist Thierry Cohen draws attention to this creeping loss in his seriesVilles éteintes (Darkened Cities), which imagines the world’s largest cities under clear night skies. His photographs are as impossible as they are beautiful. The dark urban landscapes and vibrant constellations are composites of two images—one of the city and one of the sky.”

Los Angeles, Disney Hall

Los Angeles, Disney Hall

“Cohen has visited nine cities including New York, San Francisco, Rio De Janeiro, and Hong Kong. Using an equatorial tripod mount and polar-scope, Cohen captures an urban landscape, then travels to a less populated location at the same latitude with greater atmospheric clarity. Using this method, the skies above Shanghai are actually in Western Sahara and Paris is illuminated by the stars over Montana.”

Darkened Cities is on show at East Wing Gallery, Abu Dhabi until November 20.


A “bicycle” built for 3

After sleeping until 11:30 am we hit the town.  Went to the Ferry Building which is now bereft of ferrys (the kind that float, not the kind that fly) and filled with shops and restaurants and people.  September & October are the months to visit San Francisco – wonderful weather!

Then, OF COURSE, we returned and worked on polishing our presentation for the International Imagery Conference.  One more day of sight-seeing . . . er polishing . . . before Daru and I head to Burlingame for the conference.

Here’s your picture post-card from our ferry trip:


Ferry Building


Inside Ferry Building


Mushroom shop mushrooms


More mushroom shop mushrooms


A building with BLUE sky


Some more mushroom shop mushrooms


Golden Gate Bridge


Even MORE mushrooms from mushroom shop


Proof there is a mushroom shop


Insult & affront to pigs everywhere


Pedicab, up close and personal


The End
bye bye

San Francisco, here I is

Hunka Hunka Brain-Wash Laundry

Hunka Hunka Brain-Wash Laundry

Just arrived in San Francisco after a “harrowing” plane trip.  Actually the harrowing part is in the airport when the plane I am to board turns out to be a tad bigger than an SUV.  I’m not scared of flying EXCEPT in small planes (Probably some neurotic thinking that if the plane crashes I have lots of company).

Arriving early I have ample time to nervously watch the teeny tiny plane I going to board.


Graffiti !!!!


Wringer Washing Machine at Brain-Wash Cafe

Once boarded I bury my head in The GIANT $1.00 book of EASY Crossword puzzles  and polish them off at a rate that is in keeping with my beating heart.

(Actually it was good for my beating heart since for the last week I’ve had severe arrhythmia and light headedness due to a medication.  But I digress, that’s another story) . . .

. . . my harrowing plane flight shocks my heart into a regular, if not rapid, pattern.  After an hour flight we land safely, ahead of schedule, and sit on the tarmac for 35 minutes waiting for gate clearance.  I rather enjoy the wait because all wheels are now on solid ground.DSCN4847

Why am I here?  My friend and colleague Daru (yes, THE  Daru-of-my-other-out-of-town-adventures) are  presenting at the International Imagery Conference.  Today we spent the day putting together . . .  er polishing . .  .our presentation (wouldn’t want the conference organizers to think we are not prepared).

Local Color

Local Color

The New & Old

The New & Old

We took a walk for lunch to the Brain-Wash Cafe.  How cool is that?!!!!!!  A combined laundromat and cafe!!!!!!!  If we had known about it we would have saved some of our dirty laundry.  But I digress,

Dog Friendly City

Dog Friendly City

that’s another story . . .

Can You Imagine a World Where All Beings Responded this Way?

YOU… and a WHALE

The Whale… If you read a recent front page story of the San Francisco Chronicle, you would have read about a female humpback whale who had become entangled in a spider web of crab traps and lines.

She was weighted down by hundreds of pounds of traps that caused her to struggle to stay afloat. She also had hundreds of yards of line rope wrapped around her body, her tail, her torso, a line tugging in her mouth.

A fisherman spotted her just east of the Farallon Islands (outside the Golden Gate) and radioed an environmental group for help.

Within a few hours, the rescue team arrived and determined that she was so bad off, the only way to save her was to dive in and untangle her.

They worked for hours with curved knives and eventually freed her.
When she was free, the divers say she swam in what seemed like joyous circles.

She then came back to each and every diver, one at a time, and nudged them, pushed them gently around as she was thanking them.

Some said it was the most incredibly beautiful experience of their lives. The guy who cut the rope out of her mouth said her eyes were following him the whole time, and he will never be the same.

May you, and all those you love, be so blessed and fortunate to be surrounded by people who will help you get untangled from the things that are binding you.

And, may you always know the joy of giving and receiving gratitude.

I pass this on to you with love, my friends, in the same spirit.

And love to Kathe Caldwell http://www.hypnosissolutions.net/ for passing this on to me.