This and the following photographs from New York-based photographer, Christoph Gielin, present images that should be vaguely familiar to anybody who has flown in a plane, used google earth, or watched the TV series Weeds (before it jumped the shark and Guillermo burned down Agrestic). Gielin’s pictures portray a suburban or ex-urban geometry of recurring shapes and patterns that at times look broadly similar to the maze at Hampton Court when viewed from above.
Gielen told CNN that: “Sprawl is really the careless use of new land. I want people who look at my photos to start a reconsideration of how they live through art.” That seems fine, except the landscapes in these photos don’t look careless, they look densely packed and carefully planned. And I doubt these pictures are going to influence anybody’s life decisions, even though they really are very cool.