12.11.14

| Night Lights | Hamburg


Hamburg is without doubt the quietest city that I've been in after dark. Despite being in the very centre of the city, everything was still and few people were around. The shadows were static and the atmosphere far removed from what I've come to expect in most European cities. Apparently everything happens away from the centre after the shops close. 


































I did like the way that the streets are mainly lit by spill light from the retail shops.  I think this is something that many cities can learn from. It raises the question as to how necessary street lighting is in commercial districts. You can criticise the shops for perhaps wasting energy but if they are determined to light their premises overnight, then why not utilise the energy in this way. It's a bit like recycling.


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13 comments:

  1. Stunning. And good thought about light recycling!

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  2. Ugh, these are just so beautiful I have to look away! But I can't. I love the soft glow off the retail stores (and yes, good use of energy!) and love how the streets were empty so you could capture that light. Oh so beautiful!!!!!!

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  3. It does look unusually quiet at night! It's interesting what you pointed out about the store lighting, I've never thought of it that way before but you make a good point.

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  4. How unusual to see a big city so abandonned at night time! It actually reminds me of the city where I grew up, where the city centre is a hub for work but not considered particularly safe (which, if you've lived anywhere else, you know is quite laughable.) As soon as the work day ends, the city centre empties and the streets look much like these - although without such beautiful buildings or light!
    xox,
    Cee

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  5. I love this...would be amazing to just wander around here through the night. Such a great atmosphere. I know most will worry about danger, but often it's just fine. Love the buildings all illuminated!! xx

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  6. These photos re beautiful. I would love to visit Hamburg soon.

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  7. I definitely agree about utilising the shop lights - there is something cool about deserted placed huh?

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  8. beautiful glow <3 these are captured perfectly! x

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  9. beautiful shots! that 2nd photograph is stunning, it makes the building look quite eerie!
    xo

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  10. Pretty interesting point raised their about the shop lights, it's a curious subject actually. They kind of guide you through places you've never been before, but somehow feels familiar.

    Buckets & Spades

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  11. I say this every time, but such gorgeous photos.
    I feel bad that I've not visited Hamburg yet. I hear the coffee there is really great!

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  12. It is so quiet compared to London at least. Hiro can talk at length about light - he always brings new things to my attention. Always interesting though :) Thanks for reading x

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  13. Right Kizzy! Danger? What danger!! Those who dare have the most amazing adventures. That said - Hamburg is not like Nairobi so safety is much less of a worry hahaha. Interesting point about light and the sense of security!

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