Installation

Darkest
light

Installation, Darkest Light 340 x 200 cm

 

 
 

A visual search for a magical experience in real nature

Caused by light pollution, over 60% of Europeans and even 80% of Dutchmen can no longer see the galaxy that contains our solar system. For me it's a sad thought that our generation is growing up without ever seeing the Milky Way.

Awareness of the relationship between the universe and men is an important legacy that plays a role in all cultures, nowadays and in the past. Unfortunately our Western culture seems to be the first to lose this awareness of the relationship. This is caused by light pollution, an effect of growing urbanisation. In Europe, The Netherlands is the most light-polluted country.

This project 'Darkest Light' is a visual search for a magical experience in real nature. Now it's still possible. Inside the Dark Sky Parks in The Netherlands, a country where almost every inch of nature is artificial, I searched for one of the last pieces of real nature: Our Galaxy.

 
 
 
 
 
 

City of Delft. When night falls, clouds are changing.

Dutch
light

 
 
 
 16:31

16:31

 16:51

16:51

 17:01

17:01

Waithing for darkness

 
 
 
 
 

serenity

The darkness over here is blacker than at home, immense and so vast that I become overwhelmed by fear. From the inside I feel so much restlessness;
the wonderful silence is making me feel insane.

After half an hour in the dark, our eyes get accustomed to the darkness. Only then, we start to see the night.

 
 
 
 
 10 seconds

10 seconds

 
 
Motion.jpg
 
 
 
 600 seconds

600 seconds

 
 

Motion

The longer the shutter speed of my camera, the more visible the invisible becomes. Not only the number of stars and the light above us, but especially the movement of the sky around us becomes clear.

 
 
Collage.jpg
 

 

Collage

When our view of the intimidating vastness of the Galaxy disappears, it will change our perspective. We will not be able to relate to the 'bigger' world around us.

 
 

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