Brazil - Born in 1965

This Brazilian photographer creates some dizzying images. Fortunately, however, most of them are not real! Take, for example, the startling picture of an imaginary runway where 250 planes form an impossible maze of fuselages that appears to hint at a nightmarish future. It took 800 hours of work to produce this photograph. Its creator is fascinated by the dizzying numbers that seem to define our ultra-modern world, and he strives to illustrate them. Another startling image in the same Collectives series features an astounding 50,000 cars in a row… yet this represents just a tiny percentage of the 5 million vehicles currently in circulation in São Paulo, the artist’s home town. Vasconcellos is an aerial photography aficionado who loves to explore our excessively industrial universe, switching approaches and styles as he does so. For example, his series A Picturesque Voyage Through Brazil is in marked contrast to his apocalyptic vision of a world dominated by machines. This monochrome collection depicts the virgin forest of Brazil and pays tribute to his great-great-grandfather, a 19th-century botanist who accompanied German explorer Ludwig Riedel on his expeditions. The images are inspired by the engravings produced in the 1820s by French archaeologist and scientist Charles Othon Frédéric Jean-Baptiste, Comte de Clarac, and plunge us into a natural world from another era, as if to further highlight the extinction that is currently under way.
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