Moonrise behind Lanyon Quoit, Penzance Cornwall, 2021
I am on a Fulbright Scholar Award in the UK for the academic year 2021/2022
Our Disappearing Darkness and Recreating True Night
Ninety-nine percent of the population of the United States and Europe experience light-polluted skies to the point that well over half of them can no longer see the Milky Way. Modern “darkness” is actually only dim. I’ve made large-format, long-exposure photographs for over a decade. University of Exeter Professor Kevin Gaston, who is developing “nighttime ecology” as its own scientific discipline, and I will be collaborating on immersive art installations that are scientifically rigorous simulations of night—from the ancient sites of Cornwall that are moon and star related to the uncanny experience of pure darkness that heightens all other senses.