The collaboration between Hannah Guy and Thomas Davies took place between May and December 2013 and stemmed from the ESI research project, ECOLIGHT, which investigates the aesthetic, environmental and human health impacts of artificial light pollution.
The creative exchange between artist and scientist focused on a collaborative photographic project with residents from St Just, Cornwall.
The images, made during a series of night walks, aimed to re-engage participants with the naturally-lit night-time environment. The night walks / public workshops took place under the summer full moon, in July and August 2013. Each consisted of storytelling and an introduction to basic photographic techniques, which enabled the participants to create images with the streetlights on and then off for the final twilight photography walk.
During each nightwalk / public workshop, Thomas Davies talked to participants about the ecological and aesthetic impacts of light pollution, and its effects on the human population, including an increasing disconnection from the natural world. The photographs created by participants were featured in an exhibition at the ESI, which ran from 8-21 November 2013.