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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How Terribly Unfortunate
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1 month ago

I really like how the sky is blotted gray in a way in which the sign both stands out and blends in.

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Colin L
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I have played that location in Fallout 4...

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Podunkus
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Fudgie the Whale and Cookie Puss are inside there somewhere.

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Jane S.
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1 month ago

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

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Tsunami_the seawing
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1 month ago

Pretty

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Jane S.
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1 month ago

If stepping through that door doesn't take me to an alternate universe, I want my money back.

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1 month ago

Radiator springs!!

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1 month ago

C.I.A

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Terd Fergison
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1 month 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 month ago

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

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1 month ago

ouch

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Maryse Faucher
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1 month ago

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

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KatHat
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1 month ago

This is in Houston! I know exactly where that is and I've always thought it was fun and quirky.

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Zelda Blue
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1 month ago

Rooms for rent by the hour.

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Sam T Godfrey
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1 month ago

That's a name that doesn't seem like it belongs in neon...

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Stille20
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1 month ago

churches using neon lights always seemed shading

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Sam T Godfrey
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1 month 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 month ago

Obnoxious Headquarters!

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Jane S.
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1 month ago

Yeah, I definitely wouldn't get murdered here.

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Sam T Godfrey
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1 month ago

Ooo! Neon flowers! neon-rose-...738f69.jpg neon-rose-5e5bed3738f69.jpg

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A human i guess
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1 month ago

Totally won’t get murdered here

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Zelda Blue
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1 month ago

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

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Jane S.
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1 month ago

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

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Scott Taylor
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1 month ago

That's a 65 Impala SS

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Ben Smith
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1 month ago

We have the meats!

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Sam T Godfrey
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1 month ago

My motel! You can't stay here! Go away!

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Avery S Alberico
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1 month ago

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

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Zelda Blue
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1 month ago

Why do most bowling alleys look the same?

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Hufflepuff
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1 month ago

I can smell the popcorn

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Sam T Godfrey
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Somehow I get the feeling it's early morning...

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Sam T Godfrey
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Closed but lit.

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Rory Ell
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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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eclipse
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1 month ago

for the menu tonight we have thomas! (heh heh..... cannibalism )

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Sam T Godfrey
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1 month ago

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

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Robert Bailey
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That angle makes the sign look like it's on the building in the foreground. And much smaller than it really is.

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Sam T Godfrey
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1 month 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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1 month ago

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 month ago

I guess I'm sleeping in the car tonight,

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Sam T Godfrey
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1 month 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 month ago

this looks real

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Tiny Dynamine
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1 month ago

I thought it said Rage Palace. Not somewhere I'd want to go!

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Sam T Godfrey
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1 month ago

Like the sign! I'm guessing that is a reliable repair shop. Clean and necessary equipment in the window, lights on means valuable tools inside, inspection station is a good sign, visibly displayed phone and licence numbers, and clean concrete in front. I know my repair shops!

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Sam T Godfrey
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Nothing looks very appetizing...

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Sam T Godfrey
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1 month ago

Now these are scary places! Not enough neon!!

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Sam T Godfrey
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1 month 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 month ago

nostalgia no...heebee geebees yes

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Sam T Godfrey
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1 month 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 month ago

Fort Knox.