Variations On a Dark City
by Espen Dietrichson

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Variations On a Dark City by Espen Dietrichson

The buildings of Lyon are pulled apart in these impossible photographs by Norwegian artist Espen Dietrichson.

Variations On a Dark City by Espen Dietrichson

The series is entitled Variations On a Dark City and forms part of the artist's One of Many Unusual Moments exhibition on show at the Galerie Roger Tator in Lyon.

Variations On a Dark City by Espen Dietrichson

For each image the walls and roof of a building are moved apart into the sky, just like the exploded axonometric diagrams drafted by architects.

Variations On a Dark City by Espen Dietrichson

"The series of modified or levitated architecture started as my first interest when I went to art academy," Dietrichson told Dezeen.

Variations On a Dark City by Espen Dietrichson

Above: exhibition view is by David Desaleux

Explaining his technique, he said: "The photos are made half manually and half digitally. The technical drawing of the explosion is hand-drawn on paper, and after the first cut and paste almost all of the end-process is digital, before the silkscreening."

Other manipulated photography on Dezeen includes a tower block that looks like it's being unzipped and landscapes that are distorted into circles.

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  • http://www.agdekorasyon.com AG Dekorasyon

    Nice to see the photographs of a metropolitan city from a Norwegian artist’s point of view.

  • An architect

    Although beautifully executed, these images demonstrate a disturbing lack of insight, understanding and interrogation of how these buildings are actually constructed – "just like the exploded axonometric diagrams drafted by architects"….not so sure about that.

  • Paul Lemarquis

    This is an art piece, not a study of architecture, though it is obviously influenced by it. A very interesting take on buildings and the way they react to their environment.

  • csparrott

    How exactly is this showing how buildings react to their environment?