In a haunting
vista you can never see, bright stars and the
central Milky Way
rise over the dark skyline of metropolitan
Pudong in Shanghai,
across the Huangpu River, the cityscape
includes Pudong's 470 meter tall Oriental Pearl Tower.
The night sky stretches
from Antares and the stars of Scorpius at the
far right, to Altair in Aquila at the left.
To create the vision of an unseen reality, part of a
Darkened Cities, photographer Thierry Cohen has combined
a daytime image of the city skyline
with an image matched in orientation from
a dark sky region
same latitude, just west of
The result finds the night sky that hours earlier also arced over Shanghai,
but drowned in the lights
of a city upon the sea.
Photo Thierry Cohen /
Courtesy Danziger Gallery, New York