With seven million people, Hong Kong is the 4th most densely populated places in the world. However, plain numbers never tell the full story. In his ‘Architecture of Density’ photo series, German photographer Michael Wolf explores the jaw-dropping urban landscapes of Hong Kong. He rids his photographs of any context, removing any sky or horizon line from the frame and flattening the space until it becomes a relentless abstraction of urban expansion, with no escape for the viewer’s eye. Infinite and haunting.
Montreal-based photographer Benoit Paillé has been working on a fascinating series of landscapes using a bizarre lighting method involving a suspended glowing square. The images above are not photoshopped, the 1×1 meter light is instead hung in the center of each photograph and the resulting image shows the unique form of illumination that creeps into the surrounding area. Paillé says his goal is to redefine what a landscape photograph is by questioning its reality, creating a kind of poetic moment in space and time. You can see many more of his “Alternative Landscapes” here.
“This design transforms mundane electrical pylons into statues on the Icelandic landscape. Making only minor alterations to well established steel-framed tower design, we have created a series of towers that are powerful, solemn and variable. These iconic pylon-figures will become monuments in the landscape. They can be configured to respond to their environment with appropriate gestures. As the electrical lines ascend a hill, the pylon-figures change posture, imitating a climbing person. Over long spans of time, the pylon-figures stretch to gain increased height, crouch for increased strength or strain under the weight of the wires.”
“Mars: Adrift on the Hourglass Sea” is a photo exhibition that imagines human habitation of Mars in a surreal future. The photo montages combine imagery from NASA’s Mars rovers with staged photos taken in the deserts of the American Southwest. Two female astronauts traverse the Martian landscape amidst relics of a deceased civilization. The exhibition was created by art duo Richard Selesnick and Nicholas Kahn and was commissioned by NASA.