Creating persian rug-like images from satellite photography, artist/ photographer David Thomas Smith is shining a spotlight on development, growth and the effects that those things have on our landscape.
“The rationale behind Smith’s work derives in part from the traditional craft of Afghani rug weavers, who notably used textiles to record and comprehend their experiences of a turbulent, war-torn homeland in more vivid, literal imagery. In a way, Smith’s psychedelic tableaus remove the viewer from reality by distorting satellite photos into abstract, illegible patterns. But at the same time, Smith’s synthetic multiplication of sites like Las Vegas, Silicon Valley, Dubai, and Beijing bring attention to the frightening pace of development that often escapes us today.”
I could stare at these for hours. How about you?
Images from Arcitizer and David Thomas Smith.