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London's stunning sky at night free of light pollution

Look up at night anywhere in central London and even on a clear night the chances are you won't see much. Light pollution extinguishes much of the night sky with only a few of the brightest star visible.

Credit: Vimeo/Nicholas Buer

But thanks to Nicholas Buer we can now see the sky in a whole new light. The photograher has used clever techniques to take away the pollution and give us a rare look at what the night sky over London could look like.

Credit: Vimeo/Nicholas Buer

I started shooting this project back in August 2013 and have been slowly gathering footage when conditions were right. Although each shot in this film is a composite, all footage is real.

The city shots were captured during the day and processed to look like night and the night sky shots were captured from dark locations around the South of England to ensure that the stars are astronomically correct for the latitude of London.

– Nicholas Buer
Credit: Vimeo/Nicholas Buer

I first got the idea for the film when I read an article about a blackout in LA in 1994 where people called 911 reporting these strange clouds floating in the sky, those clouds where in fact the Milky Way.

It made me think about how the lights from cities have made many of us lose our connection to the night sky.

We live in a fast paced man-made world whereby it is all too easy for us to become disconnected from the natural world around us, isolated from what is actually real.

There are many other aspects of the human condition that this film could touch upon which could make its’ intentions appear somewhat complicated, but is essence the films agenda could not be more simple; to inspire people to get away from the city lights, go somewhere quiet on a star filled night and simply look up.

– Nicholas Buer

Watch the stunning timelapse in full below

Video from Vimeo/Nicholas Buer