February 11, 2013
Though I'm a city girl through and through, I spent my childhood in a little area of Northeast Georgia where the lake was the only thing to do in the summer, there were still big plots of undeveloped land, and the limited light pollution allows you to see billions of stars.
It's still one of my favorite parts of visiting where I grew up.
Maybe that's the reason I fell hopelessly in love with these images by French photographer Thierry Cohen. City scenes are darkened and imposed upon night skies from less inhabited locations on the same latitudes. The resulting images are what we in San Francisco, Hong Kong, New York, Tokyo, and Paris might see if light pollution - responsible for the same vibrancy that makes our cities so wonderful a place to call home - didn't dampen our starry views.
Cohen believes that city dwellers lose a sense of connection with nature and "to show him stars is to help him dream again." You've certainly made a dreamer out of me, Mr. Cohen.
ALL IMAGES | THIERRY COHEN VIA NEW YORK TIMES