Something about your eerie hometown street at night has haunted people for ages. The way darkness can be the visual representation for silence. Most fear the dark, but artist Aakaash Bali finds a very different comfort in the loss of light.

Like most artists – the fascination with their craft started back in their younger years. He took his dad’s camera and never gave it back. When the new digital cameras were first making their appearances, one advertisement caught Aakaash’s eye – and It changed how he would take photos forever. One image the companies used as a nighttime photo of Manhattan. “I looked at that photo and just thought – ‘I didn’t know cameras could take photos like this at night,’” he remarked.

His current pleasure project is the “Shadow District.” This project throws you back in time by placing you in the dark, eerily lit settings that you may miss otherwise. Looking at these photos brings a nostalgic comfort to some or an unsettling sense of “I feel like I wasn’t supposed to be here.”

When asked why he chooses to photograph the night rather than a well-lit natural light scene, he responds, “Darkness gives the setting a sense of silence so that the subject can make all the noise.”

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Ben Smith
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1 year ago

Creepy and beautiful

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Ben Smith
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1 year ago

Kind of awesome

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Ben Smith
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1 year ago

Reminds me of summer nights

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Jane S.
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1 year ago

Come with me, on an adventure you'll never remember...

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Colin L
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1 year ago

That is cool!

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Ben Smith
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1 year ago

Whole lot of no thank you...

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Ben Smith
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1 year ago

The Nighthawk anyone?

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Ben Smith
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1 year ago

Ooh CIA Ass. So secretive...

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Terd Fergison
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1 year ago

Psychics are frauds and grief vampires. They prey on people that want to speak to their dead loved ones. They give lies and false hope while price gouging their victims. This fraud should be outlawed and criminalized.

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A human i guess
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1 year ago

That looks so...unreal. So eerie and beautiful at the same time

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Ben Smith
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1 year ago

Ew, no such thing

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Maryse Faucher
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1 year ago

For those who wonder these are full spectrum light for plants.

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Ben Smith
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1 year ago

“The” lol

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Audrey Davis _ Student - BuggES
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1 year ago

apocalypse now

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Jane S.
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1 year ago

Humans are Homosapiens.

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Stille20
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1 year ago

churches using neon lights always seemed shading

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Sam T Godfrey
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1 year ago

That looks comforting. Nothing like finding a neon diner on a road trip!

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Sam T Godfrey
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1 year ago

Obnoxious Headquarters!

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Jane S.
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1 year ago

Yeah, I definitely wouldn't get murdered here.

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Noemie Houtekie-N'Da
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1 year ago

That looks like the perfect setting for a kidnapping.

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A human i guess
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1 year ago

Totally won’t get murdered here

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Zelda Blue
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1 year ago

Only 2 cars in the lot, nope I'm not that hungry.

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Jane S.
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1 year ago

Are we sure that's a motel? Because I feel like it's probably not a motel.

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Noemie Houtekie-N'Da
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1 year ago

like the 70's car.

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Ben Smith
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1 year ago

We have the meats!

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Tsunami_the seawing
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1 year ago

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Avery S Alberico
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1 year ago

This is the only pic so far with people in it!

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Zelda Blue
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1 year ago

Why do most bowling alleys look the same?

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Audrey Davis _ Student - BuggES
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1 year ago

in my town again

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Sam T Godfrey
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1 year ago

Somehow I get the feeling it's early morning...

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Sam T Godfrey
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1 year ago

Closed but lit.

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Rory Ell
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1 year ago

and in the widow you can see four murdered kids being put in animal suits and a man making a theory on it

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Sam T Godfrey
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1 year ago

What kind of english muffins do they serve?

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Sam T Godfrey
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1 year ago

Wow! A real department store! Takes me back, maybe too far back!

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Andraya Begley
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1 year ago

Where's The Highlander?

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Sam T Godfrey
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1 year ago

Hmm... Pizza, deli, Italian ice. I'm guessing this isn't a Chinese neighborhood.

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Sam T Godfrey
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I used to work in one of those. If the boss ever saw that many lights on after hours, he'd have a cow!

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Zelda Blue
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1 year ago

I guess I'm sleeping in the car tonight,

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Sam T Godfrey
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1 year ago

Wait. Are we on the inside looking out? In that case the sign would be backwards from the street... If we're outside looking in, what's all that stuff doing on the sidewalk after they closed? It's a conundrum I tell ya! I do like that neon diamond though, reminds me of Pink Floyd...

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Audrey Davis _ Student - BuggES
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1 year ago

this looks real

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Sam T Godfrey
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1 year ago

Cool! I don't know what they do in there, but I'd love to go see! Would be great if they could light up that doodad on the roof!

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Noemie Houtekie-N'Da
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1 year ago

I don't like these sort of places.

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Sam T Godfrey
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Nothing looks very appetizing...

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Jack Inmanz
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1 year ago

Laptop, phone and tire repair.

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Sam T Godfrey
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1 year ago

Wow! That's a real nice neon find! There were a few near me that I wished I could get somehow. A giant neon bowling ball and pin, a drive-in move entrance sign, and a neon Mobil gas station pegasus logo, not to mention the wall sign at my shop... vintage-mo...7729c4.jpg vintage-mobil-pegasus-winged-horse-sign-dusty-maps-5e5bfc97729c4.jpg

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Alison Betancor
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1 year ago

nostalgia no...heebee geebees yes

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Sam T Godfrey
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1 year ago

There still are dinette sets? That's from the 50's and 60's!

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Sam T Godfrey
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1 year ago

Fort Knox.