I’m pretty sure New York is the most recognizable city in the world. Even if you haven't been there, most of us have a strong idea of it's energy, the skyscrapers, parks, yellow cabs etc. But, what would Manhattan look like if it were transplanted somewhere else right here on Earth, say, Death Valley for instance, or the Grand Canyon?
Swiss photographer Gus Petro was so inspired after visiting two of the nation’s most iconic locations for the first time that he has chosen to juxtapose them.
By Matching photographs, perspective points and lens angles, then adding a dose of what he calls “Photoshop magic” Gus mix-and-matched the landscape imagery of the two locations and fused them together.
The results are amazing and gives viewers a new unique vision of America. Gus got the idea when traveling across the U.S. in search of “something new…a feeling” He visited both sites, documenting each in a series of oblique photographs. “Empty” highlights the bald peaks, jagged terrain, and sheer cliffs that animate the people-less landscape of the Grand Canyon and Death Valley, while “Dense” captures wide swaths of New York’s clustered towers. “The contrast between the two was so strong and overwhelming that I had to express it somehow," he writes.
With “Merge,” he fuses the two contexts- one, a place where everyone wants to live, and another without the means to sustain life--into a fictional urbanscape that wouldn’t be out of place in a sci-fi film. Not everything lines up, and some edges need touching up, but the photos are meant for immediate impact, not nuanced readings.
Instead, according to Gus, they “aim to trigger an emotional response from the viewer,” before your head has time to register the impossibility of the scenario.
See more examples of Petro's work on his website.