dazzle riot | David DeHetre


An exploration of light pollution over cities. Original caption:

Where are the Stars? A short film on how light pollution affects the view of the night sky. It shows how the view gets progressively better as the light pollution reduces (from Los Angeles to Great Basin desert). Thanks to on finding the locations. Traveling and shooting at every level of light pollution was a challenge. Furthermore, I was mostly alone in some of the locations, which is a bit scary because of the presence of wildlife (bear, mountain lion, snake). Despite the challenge, I was awestruck by the beauty of night sky at very less polluted areas.

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My gaze averted to the sky which was full of little specks of light. I stood there gaping in awe, the darkness enveloping me.  The inky sky painted perfectly with thousands of coats of blue paint, embedded with diamond-like stars, shimmering and making the darkness of the sky beautiful. I felt like I stood alone in the middle of the universe. And this feeling of alone was bearable; it didn’t scare me; the monster inside was silent and I enjoyed my company for the first time in forever.


Milky way and Large Magellanic Cloud panorama over Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania


Sunset brings out the Milky Way over Mongolia