Hubert Blanz Explores Urban Spaces in Hectic Highway Photos

May 21, 2014
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Photos of City From Above

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Anyone who has ever traversed the busy streets of a crowded city will immediately relate to the overwhelming chaos that defines Hubert Blanz’s photography. His artwork is devoid of people, but full of complex architecture. By stacking and manipulating images of roads, homes and cars atop one another, Blanz creates an urban nightmare in which concrete pandemonium reigns. The series, Roadshow, builds upon images of pre-existing roads, intersections, freeways and bridges to create a masterpiece that’s equal parts overwhelming and intriguing.

Roadshow Photographs

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Roadshow 4 by Hubert Blanz

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Highway Photography Birds Eye View

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Urban Codes Photograph

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Blanz’s photography and video installations have largely centered themselves around his own fascination with mega cities and how they thrive while embedded in what appears to be pure mayhem. While the series differ aesthetically, they all share similar subject matter, which varies from urban infrastructure to grids to geographic structures. By digitally altering real-life structures and combining images of pre-existing roads and buildings, Blanz creates photographic manipulations that are both a product of the present and a peek into the future. In the Homeseekers series (seen in the following two images), Blanz explores the intimate relationship between cities, people and architecture.

Blanz was born in Hindelang, Germany in 1969. In 1999, he graduated from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, which is where he currently lives and works. For the past twenty years, both Blanz’s individual and group work have been exhibited throughout Europe, the United States and South America. Blanz has since nabbed numerous awards for his art, including various residencies.

Blanz Fifth Face

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Aerial Photos of Airport

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X Plantation Aerial Photography

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The Many Ghosts Of Bokor Hill Station

May 2, 2014
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Perched atop a quaint Cambodian landscape, Bokor Hill Station was once a thriving French resort town where visitors sought solace from the oppressive heat of nearby capital Phnom Penh. Yet after being abandoned twice, all that’s left is a ghost town punctuated by spectral, decaying buildings.

Abandoned City in Cambodia

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Even its origins are rather macabre. The abandoned resort town was commissioned by French colonists and built by indentured servants over the course of nine months. A testament to the costs of colonial grandeur, when construction on the resort town was finished in 1925, over 900 Cambodian laborers had died in the process.

Haunted Buildings in Cambodia

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Despite a picturesque collection of shops, an apartment complex and the Bokor Palace Hotel & Casino, the French abandoned Bokor Hill Station in the 1940s. Khmers later revived the town in the late 1950s, making use of the buildings and land in the aftermath of the First Indochina War.

Fewer than 20 years had passed before the town was abandoned once again, with the Khmer Rouge as Bokor Hill Station’s new tenants. Despite a Vietnamese invasion in the late 1970s, the Khmer Rouge refused to vacate Bokor Hill, keeping the old resort town as one of their last communist strongholds. Even now, visitors can spot remnants of war from the battles that took place between the Khmer Rouge and the Vietnamese.

Now, Bokor Hill Station is a popular tourist hotspot. Located within a national park, visitors can explore the chilling resort town at will, and get a more physical understanding of the often violent conflict that shaped Cambodia’s 20th century. Yet the journey to this abandoned location is no cakewalk. Bokor Hill Station is located 42 kilometers from Kampot, accessible only via heavily potholed, deteriorating roads that connect to the local town.

Lookout Over Abandoned City

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The Serene Symmetry Of Sapporo, Japan

April 9, 2014
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Sapporo City

Sapporo is home to as much history as it is beauty; in 1972, it hosted the Winter Olympics, making it the first Winter Olympics ever held in Asia.

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