What Batman Sees: Picturing The City From Above
January 2, 2013
All images: Aurelie Curie
One of our top stories from 2012 covered a pair of Russian “sky walkers” who earned their nickname for scaling some of Moscow’s tallest structures, all without any safety equipment and with little care for their mothers’ blood pressure counts. The shoe-gazing snapshots the duo captured, thrilling though they may be, are less concerned with composition than, say, the work of photographer Aurelie Curie. Her ”Above” series finds lone, wannabe superheroes perched on the edges of skyscrapers, the drama of the city unfolding beneath them. Continue.
Curie’s nocturnal subjects are set against the immensity of the city landscape, which here is as anonymous—generic glass towers, drab housing blocs, third-rate “icons”—as the personages that foreground them. The lack of actual Architecture flattens the urban tabla, monumentalizing it and giving the photographs their big-screen scope. One imagines the Dark Knight leaping off the tops of any one of these buildings, a feat that the viewer hopes these silhouetted daredevils won’t try to attempt. Scroll through for more, just don’t look down.