For millions of years only dramatic shifts in terrain informed the reading of the earth’s surface from space. Now the cumulative light from highly urbanized areas creates a new type of information and understanding of the world that reflects human’s dominance over the planet. Lux, titled after the system unit for measuring illumination, presents photographic portraits of the cities within the most brightly illuminated regions on the NASA map of the night earth. This project is inspired by the disconnect between the immense beauty produced by man-made light and the complexity of what this light represents.
All images © courtesy of Christina Seely