I absolutely was mesmerized by David Meisel's collection of photographs titled, Oblivion, as soon as I saw them. These aerial photos capture a glimpse of LA that we rarely see. They come across as beautiful yet almost frightening as it shows how small and vulnerable we really are. Maisel describes this series as below:
"Themes of development as a self-generating, self-replicating force that exists outside of nature are encoded in these photographs, which view Los Angeles as both a specific site and as a more generalized condition. The inversion of tonalities in these works is a simple act that defamiliarizes the images. It also subtly refers to other ways of imaging- like the x-ray, which sees within the structure of an organism or body — or other modes of seeing — like the flickering negative images in an atomic blast, when the shadow world is revealed and released."
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