Lately we have noticed two photography trends driving the internet wild. We're seeing many photographers riff off the 360-degree panoramic photo, and we're also seeing people take life-threatening risks to get the perfect shot. Sachigusa Yasuda weaves these two photography movements into one with her breathtaking "Aerial" collection.
The Tokyo-born, New York-based artist seeks out the top story of skyscrapers around the world, captures them, and re-forms them. Although the idea is poetic, the technique is more meticulous; some of the composite photos thread 300 shots together. Yet the result, a seamless kaleidoscopic explosion of skyscrapers, is both dazzling and dizzying. The 360-views evoke both the tranquility that comes from pure solitude and the thrill of soaring, and possibly falling. Look closely at each image and you can sense Yasuda's inner state, whether fear, awe or peace of mind.
The Japanese photographer's work focuses on the powers of perspective, how our physical bodies, standpoints and memories shape the way we see the world. In this respect they mirror Japanese paintings from the Edo period, in which the physical world becomes a projection of the artist's active mind.
Images courtesy of the artist and Base Gallery.