San Francisco-based photographer Christina Seely wants to bring things back down to Earth. Her “Lux” series starts with NASA composite imagery of the entire planet at night. It’s sort of the inverse of looking up at the stars—flickers of light denote people as the most densely-populated regions of the world correlate with those bearing the most artificial light. Seely traveled to these flickering locales (Las Vegas, Tokyo, and Madrid among them), taking portraits of these manmade urban centers that are so big, so bright, that they’re recognizable even from space. Seely frames much of her work with elements of the natural landscapes (trees, mountains, craggy cliffs)—a reminder, perhaps, that if we learn to keep our consumption in check we can, just maybe, have it both ways.
Photos: © 2010 Christina Seely – www.ChristinaSeely.com