CULTURE & ARTS

Nighttime Photos Transform Natural Landscapes Into Alien Terrain

We hope you're not afraid of the dark.

In his series "Lux Noctis," photographer Reuben Wu explores the otherworldly terrain present on planet earth, documenting landscapes draped in darkness. The photographer, filmmaker and music producer documents desert rock formations that appear like melting birthday cakes from another planet, illuminated solely by a single glowing, mysterious light source.

"In my visual work, I am driven not just by the urge to create imagery,
but by a desire to explore new places as if they were unknown territory,
constantly open to serendipity and with an eye for the unnoticed and the hidden," the artist explained in a statement. "Photographs, like music, can create an echo of a time and a place. To me, my images are more than pictures. They are fragments of memory and imagination."

Wu has a talent for capturing the infinite complexity of what's on the surface, pondering how a peculiar canyon can contain as much stunning visual detail as the most intricate of paintings. Check out Wu's Instagram for more images of the peculiar dark spaces nature has to offer.

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