First Light

A3, digital, 2014

A red giant star dominates a planet’s sky, and a city spreads out before us in its unearthly light.  We ask ourselves whether the city is in its dying days as a result of an expanding sun - perhaps the remnants of a civilization are surviving in its domed structures.  Obviously whoever lives there needs the domes as well as the buildings - presumably the atmosphere is toxic, or has perhaps recently become toxic.  Are we witnessing the last stages of a once-great society?

Or could this be the civilization’s normal existence and its inhabitants have learned to survive in what simply looks to us like a hostile environment?  It may be thriving within the structures that we see.  After all, it’s not a dead city – there are two clear signs of life: a rocket and a land car.  It might merely be an image of the time of day when little is going on, and the city is awakening.  Or could these be the last inhabitants trying desperately to make their escape from a doomed existence?

Text: Richard Hayes