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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2 years 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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2 years ago

I have played that location in Fallout 4...

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Podunkus
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2 years ago

Fudgie the Whale and Cookie Puss are inside there somewhere.

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Jane S.
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2 years ago

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

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Tsunami_the seawing
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2 years ago

Pretty

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Jane S.
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2 years ago

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

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Darth Kittius
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2 years ago

I get a stranger things vibe from this

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Todd Hollfelder
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2 years ago

I can hear the buzzing of the old glass tubes.

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Terd Fergison
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2 years 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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2 years ago

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

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Tiny Dynamine
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2 years ago

Right now, this feels like the right place to stand outside and have a smoke. It's probably because I'm trying to quit smoking. :D

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Maryse Faucher
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2 years ago

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

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KatHat
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2 years 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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2 years ago

Rooms for rent by the hour.

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Sam T Godfrey
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2 years ago

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

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Stille20
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2 years ago

churches using neon lights always seemed shading

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Sam T Godfrey
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2 years 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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2 years ago

Obnoxious Headquarters!

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Jane S.
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2 years ago

Yeah, I definitely wouldn't get murdered here.

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Sam T Godfrey
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2 years ago

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

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A human i guess
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2 years ago

Totally won’t get murdered here

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Zelda Blue
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2 years ago

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

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Jane S.
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2 years 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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2 years ago

That's a 65 Impala SS

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Ben Smith
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2 years ago

We have the meats!

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Sam T Godfrey
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2 years ago

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

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Avery S Alberico
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2 years ago

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

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Zelda Blue
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2 years ago

Why do most bowling alleys look the same?

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Audrey Davis _ Student - BuggES
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2 years ago

in my town again

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Sam T Godfrey
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2 years ago

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

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Sam T Godfrey
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2 years ago

Closed but lit.

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Rory Ell
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2 years 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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2 years ago

What kind of english muffins do they serve?

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Sam T Godfrey
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2 years ago

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

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Robert Bailey
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2 years ago

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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2 years 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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2 years 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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2 years ago

I guess I'm sleeping in the car tonight,

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Sam T Godfrey
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2 years 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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2 years ago

this looks real

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Tiny Dynamine
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2 years 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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2 years 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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2 years ago

Nothing looks very appetizing...

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Sam T Godfrey
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2 years ago

Now these are scary places! Not enough neon!!

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Sam T Godfrey
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2 years 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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2 years ago

nostalgia no...heebee geebees yes

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Sam T Godfrey
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2 years 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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2 years ago

Fort Knox.