INDUSTRIAL LANDSCAPES - GE (Google Earth)
After Bernd & Hilla Becher
The “Industrial Landscapes - GE” series is a revisiting through Google Earth of sites previously photographed by Bernd & Hilla Becher in a few places across Europe. I aim to examine the possibility of ‘direct, objective photography’ from within the new digital and virtual realm of Google Earth. This project is both a personal tribute and a platform for a conceptually reexamination of the core issues that bridge traditional and digital photography.
The chosen site locations are taken from the titles of the Becher’s works which are then inserted into the GE search area. I then look to create a frame that incorporates the complexities of the industrial site & landscapes. Each GE area is built from several satellite images taken over the span of a few months or even years, forming a continuous collaged virtual Industrial landscape.
Each one of my images is constructed out of approximately 700 fragments of the GE sites in order to achieve an extremely high detail image which is then further enhanced for a maximum color, contrast and detail large format print. The Printed frame size and vertical orientation is set to fit the human scale, allowing for a physical, tangible interaction with the virtual place.