This Isn't Stained Glass, It's A Miracle Of Optics

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The contrasting colors of dusking day combine with optics to great effect in Broken Mirror/Evening Sky, a captivating series of images by New York photographer Bing Wright.

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All images featured by kind permission of Bing Wright

"The mirror is a rich metaphor," Wright tells io9. "One could surmise all kinds of things," he says, with respect to the series' emblematic significance. That's certainly true enough. To us, however, the images are striking not just for their evocative symbolism, but for the very literal way that they break apart the firmament, revealing the incredible range of hues visible in the evening sky.

Illustration for article titled This Isn't Stained Glass, It's A Miracle Of Optics

The colors contained in the Sun's rays are most apparent when glimpsed through this narrow window of time separating day and night. As the Sun dips below the horizon, Earth's atmosphere scatters the Sun's shorter and longer wavelengths into cooler and warmer colors, respectively.

Illustration for article titled This Isn't Stained Glass, It's A Miracle Of Optics

Usually these colors diffuse across the sky, each one blending seamlessly into the next. Through a shattered mirror, however, the colors are compartmentalized and rearranged, like scrambled panels in a stained glass window. The transitions between colors become jagged and less subtle. Deep, powerful reds suddenly consort with meek yellows. In the more extreme cases, igneous oranges can be seen rubbing elbows with purples, plums and blues.

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Illustration for article titled This Isn't Stained Glass, It's A Miracle Of Optics

All of which raises a very interesting question: Where oh where are all the greens?

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You'll find more photographs from this and several other series, many with similar visual themes, on Wright's website.

Illustration for article titled This Isn't Stained Glass, It's A Miracle Of Optics
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I'm going to make one of these my phone wallpaper.