Looking Down

One of the fun things about flying is getting a great view of the ground below. It’s a revelatory experience, a way of seeing the world of one’s everyday, ground-bound experience from the outside. It reveals a lot about the history and development of a city.

Lights From The Sky (6)

Chicago from above, for example, is a bit like a circuit board — it’s a brilliant set of lighted grids framed by the dark expanse of Lake Michigan. Viewed at night, it’s curious to see its other dark spaces, and to imagine the life of the city as a set of electrical signals and codes.

Boston, on the other hand, is a scattering of jewels across the dark, in which it’s possible to imagine a difference between older and new parts of the city by looking for those bright spaces in which the lines get straighter and more regular.

Lights From The Sky (4)

The lights are the living history of a city, growing as it does under whatever conditions happen to obtain.


[See the rest of this set of shots from the sky here.]


About L. M. Bernhardt

For a good long while (15 years or so), I taught philosophy at a little private university in northwest IA, and occasionally branched out into playing music, dabbling in photography, experimenting with food, and writing nonsense on my blog. The philosophy teaching part ended in 2017 (program elimination via prioritization), but never fear! I've just finished my MLIS at San Jose State University, and I'm currently on the market looking for new adventures in either philosophy or LIS. For now, I labor at a fairly interesting administrative job in order to support my dogs in the lavish manner to which they've become accustomed.
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One Response to Looking Down

  1. AnnaJ says:

    I love seeing the world from above.
    Great shots!

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