London-based artist creates images of world cities from space
A stunning illusion designed by Marc Khachfe
These high-quality images might look like photographs of world cities at night taken by astronauts from space — but they are carefully constructed from public map data, created by artist Marc Khachfe.
"I was blown away by the images taken of cities at night by the astronauts on the ISS (International Space Station) and wanted to print out a large poster of the London one for my office, but I found them too blurry and too small to look good printed out large format"explained Khachfe.
Sourcing different open map data, Khachfe composed the visual information with data and layered it with CGI to mimic the bright glow of the streets and buildings. Photoshop merged all the layered together and the artist was able to adjust the colours, brightness, and glow augment the reality for each image.
The unique images are geographically accurate and match the visual characteristics of the real images very closely. For example Khachfe uses extra brightness for the Las Vegas Strip, showing the intensity of all the lights and energy on that one iconic boulevard.