Hero!! or Villain?! That is the lighting question. In cities worldwide there are all types of different lighting environments, some are exciting, romantic or relaxing and some are outright shocking or unpleasant. Vote to Hero or Villain for this month’s pick. You be the judge.
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  • A bus stand away from the city

    June 20, 2023. Hakone, Japan.

    A lot is going on here – the red and green glow from the traffic lights, the amber showers from nearby roadway poles, the deep blue sky, some sparkles in the background , even a rude beam of headlights from the traffic mirror, and eventually our protagonist today, a quiet bus stop shelter.

    A calm, almost uninvited cool blue light spills out of the entrance and cascades down the road, penetrating the gentle warm-yellow atmosphere as I walk uphill.

    However, as I get closer to the shelter the color rendering quality from the cool light kicks in and washes out the fatigue from an amber-soaked environment from my soring eyes. I begin to appreciate these lights.

    At least for one, it surely stands out in darkness as a bus stop.

    Is this a hero or villain to you?

    Photo by: YuFei Liu (from Shenzen)