Christina Seely’s Lux, titled after the system unit for measuring illumination, presents photographic portraits of cities within the most brightly illuminated regions on the NASA map of the night earth. This project is inspired by the disconnect between the immense beauty produced by human-made light and the complexity of what this light represents. Lux, focuses on cities in the United States, Western Europe and Japan. These economically and politically powerful regions not only have the greatest impact on the night sky but this brightness reflects a dominant cumulative impact on the planet. Collectively they emit approximately 45% of the world’s CO2 and (along with China) act as the top consumers of electricity, energy and resources. For most of human history, light has signified hope and progress. In Christina’s project, light also paradoxically denotes regression or transgression — an index of the complex negative human impacts on the health and future of the planet.
Lux opens April 2 at the Photography Center Northwest with an informal artist reception and talk and continues through April 27.
Informal Artist Talk & Reception: Thursday, April 2, 5-8 PM
900 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122
Mon. 12pm-7pm, Tues. 11am-5pm, Wed.- Fri. 12pm-7pm
I interviewed Christina recently for Plazm magazine. You can see images from nine of the Lux cities as well as read the interview here.