Night pollution - Hannah Guy image

Skyglow over Plymouth, May 2013
Image: Hannah Guy

Explore light pollution in a West Cornwall night-walk

Local residents and people with an interest in their local environment are being asked to get involved with an exciting light pollution event in St Just this summer.

Visual artist Hannah Guy and research scientist Dr Thomas Davies from the University of Exeter’s Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) have teamed up and are looking for members of the public to get involved with a series of free night-time photography walks.

Hannah and Thomas are planning three night-time workshops in August. The first will consist of getting to grips with the project and walking the route, on the second the group will take photos during their night-time walk and street lights will be turned off on the final twilight photography session. 
Thomas explained: “This is an exciting opportunity to explore the subject of light pollution. We’ll be asking the local community to creatively document their experiences of the night-time environment using photography. We are fortunate enough to have the support of Cornwall Council who will be kindly turning off the street lights for us during one of our walks.”

During the workshops participants will learn basic night photography techniques in order to capture their experience of the community without artificial streetlights. During the walks Thomas will talk to participants about the ecological and aesthetic impacts of light pollution.

Hannah added: “The outcome of this fascinating project will be a collaborative piece of photographic art work that illustrates how switching off a town’s street lights enable local residents to re-engage with the naturally lit night-time environment. We hope to exhibit the art in a local venue and give a public talk about the collaboration process and exhibition outcome.”

If you are interested in getting involved with the project please contact Hannah on 07805 264987 or email by Friday 28 June.

No experience is necessary and you don’t need to own a camera, children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult and there is a restriction on participant numbers.

Date: 10 June 2013

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