Fearful Symmetry: Aerial Photos Shed a New Light on Suburban Development

May 2, 2014

By Dzana Tsomondo

© Christoph Gielen

"Untitled VI," a photograph made in Arizona by Christoph Gielen. Click on the Photo Gallery link below to see more images.

Christoph Gielen’s new book, Ciphers, tackles questions of land use and sustainable growth from an uncommon perspective: the air. Photographed from helicopters, suburban developments in the American West are transformed into alien topography; the familiar trappings of residential life (houses, yards, streets and highways) become jigsaws of geometric abstraction. An infinite collection of hexagons, loops and ovals, Gielen’s images are...

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