"The sky in South Australia circa 1960 was a deep inky blue, with silvery pillows of clouds heaped under the stars. The moonlight cast the orange desert a strange kind of purple-dark, and it felt like you could bathe in that moonlight and starlight the same way people take in the sun. Like some kind of strange extra-terrestrial energy seeped through my skin into my bones, into my cells, giving in and drawing out something.
It occurred to me that if I was at home at the same time of night, if I wasn’t talking to someone, I’d probably be on my laptop. How many years of my life, I wondered, had I given to other people’s flat impressions of the world on the internet? Taking in everything you always take in, all that distorted reflection of who you are and what the world wants to sell you?
You can stare up at the stars and they won't reflect back to you anything about yourself at all. My eyes had always seen the sky as a kind of flat, jeweled tent-roof of sky. But that night, my eyes travelled further and further into divergence, until I realised I wasn't staring at a tent-roof but an infinitely 3D universe, which whirled above me in a vastness that offered both unfathomable comfort and terror." - Excerpt from The Great Barrier, a romcom about climate change, copyright Amy Naumann
- Incredible photograph copyright Ross Naumann with thanks, from an especially cold night in South Australia
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