All light is electromagnetic radiation, and all electromagnetic radiation is light. We see what’s called “visible light” not because those wavelengths are special in the universe, but because that’s what our eyes can detect through photoisomerization. X-rays, ultraviolet and visible light, microwaves, and even radio waves are all, in fact, the same phenomenon. They are all light. What follows this knowledge is the understanding that nothing in the universe has one true appearance, and even brightness and darkness do not exist outside the context of an observer. The two concepts only have meaning in relation to each other. Therefore darkness is not truth. It is opinion.

Night Light is a project mostly about darkness as an opinion. A camera’s detectors use light to create images through a process that is mechanistically different from biological eyes. It is no surprise that cameras will interpret a scene differently than the user. But which interpretation is the real one? The truthful answer is: neither one. They can be thought of as two similar opinions. And just like many other strong opinions, ours can easily blind us with ignorance. It’s the reason that we think of dark nighttime environments as being limited in color, missing vibrancy, and generally low on detail. Long exposures with the camera reveal that none of this is true. In truth the world remains exactly as it was before. It is full of color, it is vibrant and beautifully detailed. The darkness is not caused any limitation or transformation of the material environment. It is absolutely caused by the limitations of our eyes as detectors to resolve anything better. Had we different eyes, we may see that the leaves are still green, the water still clear, and the sky still bright.