I recently stumbled across this mesmerizing photo project somewhere in the blogosphere and I had to stop and site see for a bit. These images were produced by a Swiss photographer Gus Petro, the result of his visit to the US at the end of last year. The write up on Petro's website is honest and interesting, particularly his experience with the Grand Canyon.
When we arrived at the place it was too dark to see a thing. We went on the cliff and tried out our powerful spotlights but all light was just sucked by the abyss. We had to wait for the morning. I remember waking up still at night and getting there again. It was completely dark. I just sat there and waited not knowing what to expect for until the dawn came.
Petro says the Canyon photographs best in the morning, that the afternoon light flattens its scale and depth. It's interesting to imagine how those same depths and the breadth of the landscape would not only be more articulated at dawn, but would be articulated with such astounding emptiness. The emergent, abyssal quality cannot be overlooked in the Empty photos from the series (the first row, below). He says that he was confronted by just that: an immense sense of emptiness; a stark contrast to New York, his first stop in the US and a place of hyper density.
So Petro forced these polar conditions to a confrontation in single frames. What at first seems to be a cheeky, scale-oriented photoshop series actually turns out to be a little more interesting. Nevertheless, they images are fun to look at and they pique the more fantastical, imaginative side of my fascination with images. Check them out below (click to enlarge).