Some people may think that you need to travel hundreds of miles into the dark wilderness to see the Milky Way, yet this picture was taken about 40 miles East of London, and 15 miles away from the closest town. Granted, of course there is still light pollution and I was shooting away from the cities and towns as best I could but it does go to show that you don't have to go out to the back and beyond to enjoy the night sky.
Now, I would never discourage anyone from travelling miles into the deserts, mountains and forests to find the darkest skies they can, as naturally the further you are away from artificial light the brighter the stars and the milky way will be and your experience for naked eye astronomy and photography will improve tenfold. But for when you don't have days to spare and have to be up for work in the morning these dark rural skies are good enough for a quick fix.
The worrying thing is that these locations are slowly disappearing. Light pollution from the growing towns, industrial estates, street lighting illuminating roads seldom used after nightfall is damaging these areas. Until about 100 years ago 99% of humans on Earth could look up and see the Milky Way, in modern times it is estimated that as many as 80% of people have never even seen it!
That is sad considering it may be, for a little while longer at least, closer to you than you think...
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"When I was a younger man, looking for a pot of gold, everywhere I turned the doors were closed, took every once of faith I had to keep on keeping on, still I felt like I would only lose, I refused then like I do now to let anyone tie me down, I lost a few good friends along the way, I was raised up poor and I wanted more, maybe I'm a little to proud, looking back I see a kid who was just afraid, hungry and old before his time..." Ray LaMontange from the song Old Before Your Time I listening to this as I sift through 12000 photos....takes me back to the start of my career, funny how music does that...
AND something new no one has ever seen before from our shoot with Aspetar in Doha Qatar, Future Sports Two.
If you want to know about that bear farming, watch some videos on Animals Asia YouTube channel, it's really bad.
Sorry for promoting that charity and talking about that, I probably should have left that out and just let you know how awesome I think your work is.
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