MJ Sharp

Our Disappearing Darkness and Recreating True Night

December 5th & 6th 2023 / Exhibit at the Fruit Durham North Carolina USA


A vanishingly small percentage of our evolutionary time as human beings has been spent in artificial light. For a large percentage of the world’s population, the experience of night is quickly becoming a boutique and privileged one. When we are robbed of night—from seeing the night sky that fueled the world’s mythologies to experiencing our own creaturely human adaptation to the dark— what are we missing? Photographer MJ Sharp was on a 2021/2022 Fulbright Scholar Award to collaborate with Professor Kevin Gaston at the Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter, Penryn to try to answer that question and continues to explore ways to evoke the experience of prehistoric night.

Cornwall is remarkable both for its concentration of prehistoric sites and for its dark skies. Archeological evidence from some prehistoric megaliths suggests that people were visiting these sites in liminal light or at night. Can an artistic simulation of the experience of being at these sites at night help us better understand what we’re missing when we live our lives awash in light pollution?

Carn Gluze Barrow, Cornwall, UK 2022 MJ Sharp / Web gallery of Cornwall images / Back to home

MJ Sharp



Mini Movie

Behind the scenes at Lanyon Quoit


Mini Movie

Behind the scenes at Trethevy Quoit

Mini Movie

Behind the scenes at the Merry Maidens

Mini Movie

Behind the scenes at Chun Quoit



Mini Movie

Don't bring a camera into the field

without filing the proper paperwork

with the sheep...



February 2022 State of the Art Lecture

Sponsored by the Environment and

Sustainability Institute at the

University of Exeter, Cornwall, UK




October 2022 online lecture sponsored by and benefitting The Resource Center for Women and Ministry in the South



October 2023 Lecture


October 2022 Lecture


February 2022 Lecture


Dark Sky Resources


December 2021 Arts & Culture Blog Post