We are honored and delighted to have one of our favorite bloggers, Geoff Manaugh of the inimitable BLDGBLOG providing a guest post today for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy! And if you aren’t already reading BLDG daily, now’s the time to start!

Who wants to look at stars? Who needs astronomy when there’s a “sports complex with a driving range and multi-purpose dome” nearby, burning with floodlights and halogens, incandescent in the American night? Who wants constellations when you can watch a “billboard on Route 22 in Wingdale, New York that is lit by a dedicated floodlight”? Who, after all, wants to put up with something called nighttime?

Human interference with visible astronomy is generally referred to as “light pollution,” or – my personal favorite – “light trespass,” light that has trespassed its terrestrial limits and now competes with the heavens above, blocking out the stars and forming a counter-astronomy. Photographer David Allee, however, has found a way to take advantage of light trespass and its aesthetic possibilities, documenting the “intrusive otherworldly effect of artificial light on man-made environments.” This is light pollution as a photographic resource.

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  1. Inhabitat » Blog ... August 19, 2006 at 3:17 pm

    […] You might remember that we’ve railed against light pollution before, and since we’ve been talking a lot about lighting this week, we figured now would be a good time to bring up the subject matter again. Today we’ve brought in guest writer / night sky activist Anthony Arrigo to talk about the overly-bright light continuing to plague our night skys.. Light pollution affects the vast majority of the inhabitants of this planet. Right here in the US, 19 out of 20 people live under skies that are clouded by light pollution. In fact, more than 2/3 of Americans live in places where they can no longer see the Milky Way at night. This sad state of affairs that speaks volumes about the wasteful nature of our society. […]

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