Eerie

For anyone in New York, I highly recommend “Landmark City” by Mark Yankus. The exhibit is at Grand Central for the next year or so.

Through some combination of photography and manipulation of the photos, Mr. Yankus displays iconic New York buildings in empty, almost post-apocalyptic contexts. Modern photos tend to have a lot of street traffic; old ones, like the Flatiron shot above, often have fewer pedestrians and many fewer vehicles. Things look subtly wrong without people: buildings are meant for people to use, so looking at them bare is, to me, seeing the negative of a picture of ourselves.

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