With his lush, large-format photographs that walk the line between the real and the surreal, Italian photographer Olivo Barbieri challenges perception and confounds expectations. In his work, Barbieri takes photographs from a bird’s-eye view, selectively focusing on only one element in the frame, often an iconic architectural monument, while leaving its surroundings blurred. The effect is both stunningly beautiful and bizarre: paradoxically grand and miniaturized, familiar cityscapes become shrunken toy landscapes with dollhouse buildings and miniscule inhabitants.
In his new show “Alps — Geographies and People,” opening tomorrow at Yancey Richardson Gallery in Chelsea, Barbieri hired a helicopter and ascended 4,800 meters to shoot the Alps’ highest peak, Mont Blanc. The large-scale, hyper-focused vistas are absolutely jaw-droopping and vertigo-inducing.
The show runs until November 5. Be sure to check it out.