180324 Street Lights - matthew piers robertson • photography writing creative toronto

Long exposures and road trips are two of my favourite things. There's nothing profound here, just taking photos through the window of a bus on the highway, the results of remembering to play and not put the camera away before I really need to. 

These final lights, though, were not photographed as play. They're on the Burlington Skyway, and I can see them on the edge of the horizon when I'm out on the end of the Spit. That's about fifty kilometres away. An absurd distance.

We produce massive volumes of light, and yet we use so little of it. My hope is that increasing awareness of light pollution and energy efficiency will eventually design away this kind of thoughtless implementation and excess. This should be an easy improvement to make.


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