Patterns In The Sprawl: Christoph Gielen

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In last week’s Five For Friday, Nikki posted a few incredible landscape photographs taken by photographer Andre Ermolaev in Iceland. They are gorgeous examples of the abstract lines and patterns not visible on the ground. German photographer Christoph Gielen makes similar images, except that the patterns he photographs are those found in the densely populated areas of urban expansion; The Sprawl. There’s a kaleidoscopic quality to many of his pieces, particularly those showing subdivisions and residential developments. Other photographs portray freeway interchanges as enormous arteries of concrete and steel. I’d love to see a gallery exhibit featuring the work of both Andre Ermolaev and Christoph Gielen, allowing viewers to see, side by side, the patterns of the austere Icelandic landscape against those of relentless urbanization. 


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  • David Raboin September 10, 2012   Reply →

    The first pic and the interchange photo are nice — pretty but not ground breaking. Anyone with reasonable photo skills could get photos like these from a light aircraft. Just go up on a clear morning or late afternoon. You can hire a plane and pilot for around $100 per flight hour. With a little preplanning on google earth I’m sure any photog could get pics like these. Maybe instead of making a equipment purchase spend the money on a plane ride?

    • Jeffery Saddoris September 10, 2012  

      Yep. I agree. You could get these with a Rebel and kit lens. My interest isn’t so much in the photos themselves, as much as I thought seeing the contrast of urban expansion against the sparse landscapes of Iceland in the photos we posted Friday would be interesting. Thank you for taking the time to comment.

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