“Gurbuz captured a view that was surreal but also strangely familiar to all New Yorkers: the mirage of the twin towers reflected in all of the city’s skyscrapers. In the first few years, we kept being surprised by what was not there.”
- Art Editor Françoise Mouly on “Twin Towers,” by Gürbüz Dogan Eksioglu, September 15, 2003
I agree with the University of Colorado ethnic-studies professor that said, “This is demeaning to millions of Asian-Americans who have put down roots in the U.S., claim English as their language, and root vigorously for their favorite sports team.”
This photo news story from last year comes from the Boston Globe. It analyzes aerial photos to examine the progress of development (or lack thereof) in an investment area in southwest Florida in lieu of the recent financial meltdown.
In Bradentown, FL, “many homes there are empty and have been for years. Huge developments sit partially completed among densely built up neighborhoods and swampland. A guest stated that there were ‘enough housing lots in Charlotte County to last for more than 100 years.’ Boom and bust residential development has drastically affected parts of southwest Florida for decades now, and I spent some time (with the help of Google Earth), looking around the area.”
This is another story for which visual methods can usefully capture some of the complexity of the urban sprawl in an easily digestible manner.