London – City Of (Half) Light
These London pictures by Katarina Stefanović are astonishing for an unusual reason. They’ve been sensitively photoshopped in terms of light source, so that they look as London might look if it was on a geographical parallel with Paris.
The very thing most tourists comment upon when they come to London for the first time – the muted softness of the light – is the very thing I spend my life trying to get away from. It affects our moods, informs our art and seems to encourage a mood of reflection. I certainly do more thinking here than in any other city, and I’m sure this is connected to the low light levels, rather like retiring to your favourite chair and putting on a reading light. But it can also make you depressed.
Having lived in a city with too much light (Los Angeles) and one with just the right amount (Nice) I am now back in my birthplace complaining along with everyone else about the dark afternoons. These pictures go some way toward rebalancing the level – if she could do it for real, how would it change the city?
Katarina’s amazing photostream is on Flickr, here.