Viewing the Emergent City and Its People

Do we really all see the same? -crowd sourced photographic monuments by corinne vionnet

From Designboom – I am not astonished – we are all programmed the same these days – the more different we think we are the more we are the same- so we to take the same photos!

‘monument valley’ 2009
all images courtesy of the empty quarter gallery

swiss/france based artist corinne vionnet has sent us images of her collection of travel portraiture.
through online crowd sourcing of photogenic landmarks from around the world, vionnet has compiled
several meta-portraits of around 100 images into one. exposing the consistency of how these landmarks
are composed photographically but also visually capturing the ephemeral feelings of tourists into
seemingly surreal landscapes.

the project serves as a study of not only the technical means available to source this material
but also provides a means to analyze why so much of the same material exists. perhaps there
are unspoken rules about how we collectively photograph and remember the time spent in
foreign environments or simply that so many people want ownership of the same monument
that we decide on similar visual experiences. vionnet says “I feel the photographs of these
monuments also attest to the admiration that is brought to them. they share the excitement
and emotion of the unique time spent in their midst for each of us.”

whichever be the case individually, the work provides an inspiring view of human creation
and the documentation of it over time.

‘kinderdijk’ 2007

‘mont saint-michel’ 2009

‘london’ 2006

‘venezia’ 2007

‘san francisco’ 2006

left: ‘matterhorn’ 2006
right: ‘paris’ 2006


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