Thursday, November 15, 2012

Gabriele Croppi and the Metaphysics of the Urban Landscape

Gabriele Croppi and the Metaphysics of the Urban Landscape

Gabriele Croppi transforms the biggest cities into high contrast, theatrical scenes with his photographs.  He visits some of the world's most well-known and often-photographed places and makes them look new and mysterious.  The collection of images, titled Metaphysics of the Urban Landscape, takes us on a trip across the world and while I love all of the images from the series of course I'm drawn to the images of my hometown, New York.  He seems to silence and calm our chaotic and frenetic city with the drama created by the intense tones and contrasts in the images.  The negative space created by the shadows is so unusual and plays tricks on your mind - these are places that are always crowded and bustling but instead they seem dark and singular and almost abandoned.  I'm mesmerized.

Gabriele Croppi and the Metaphysics of the Urban Landscape

Gabriele Croppi and the Metaphysics of the Urban Landscape

Gabriele Croppi and the Metaphysics of the Urban Landscape

Also, like I said yesterday, as part of a series on what and who influences me as a photographer, starting this week I will be featuring a new photographer on my blog every Thursday.  I've been showcasing cool and talented artists whose work I admire pretty much since I started the blog in 2008 (!) but now it will be a weekly feature.  If you know anyone who I absolutely must-see please let me know in the comments or send me an email!  I love finding new work.  You can see all the work I've shared so far under Photographer Profiles.

Found via My Modern Met and you can learn more here too. 


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