monolithic skyscrapers take over manuel alvarez diestro's new photo series

monolithic skyscrapers take over manuel alvarez diestro's new photo series

Alvarez Diestro’s Monoliths Explores Skyscraper Landscapes

 

Spanish photographer Manuel Alvarez Diestro explores skyscraper landscapes in his latest photography series Monoliths. The visual artist reconsiders the concept of skyscrapers through photography, crafting a surreal and enigmatic photo series where towering monoliths dominate the landscape. Known for capturing the construction of new cities worldwide, Alvarez Diestro focuses solely on vertical structures for this series. Instead of showcasing their architectural details, he integrates them into their surroundings, creating dreamlike scenes.

monolithic skyscrapers take over manuel alvarez diestro's new photo series
all images by Manuel Alvarez Diestro

 

 

Monoliths photo series takes cues from ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’

 

Inspired by Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey,’ Alvarez Diestro draws parallels between the towering structures he encounters in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East and the enigmatic black monolith from the film. Like the monolith, his photographs depict the vertical structures as imposing and mysterious entities, seemingly disconnected from the world. The images are presented in sequential order, depicting the towers rising from the ground in epic proportions, blending harmoniously with the landscape, and ultimately dominating the viewer with their nightmarish allure. With this series, Manuel Alvarez Diestro moves beyond documentary photography, crafting cinematic visuals.

monolithic skyscrapers take over manuel alvarez diestro's new photo series
tower blocks in Hong Kong, China

monolithic skyscrapers take over manuel alvarez diestro's new photo series
three skyscrapers in Dubai, UAE

monolithic skyscrapers take over manuel alvarez diestro's new photo series
zig-zag tower in Doha, Qatar

monolithic skyscrapers take over manuel alvarez diestro's new photo series
Intempo skyscraper in Benidorm, Spain

monolithic skyscrapers take over manuel alvarez diestro's new photo series
construction of skyscraper in East London, UK

monolithic skyscrapers take over manuel alvarez diestro's new photo series
vertical structure against South Korea’s landscape

monolithic skyscrapers take over manuel alvarez diestro's new photo series
85 Sky Tower in Kaohsiung, Taiwan

monolithic skyscrapers take over manuel alvarez diestro's new photo series
tallest skyscraper in Croydon, London

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progression of new towers in China

monolithic skyscrapers take over manuel alvarez diestro's new photo series
Vallecas 20, known as The Black Tower in Madrid, Spain

monolithic skyscrapers take over manuel alvarez diestro's new photo series
China 117 Tower in Tianjin, China

monolithic skyscrapers take over manuel alvarez diestro's new photo series
isolated bridge pillar in Seoul, South Korea

 

project info:

 

name: Monoliths

photographer: Manuel Alvarez Diestro@m.a.diestro

 

 

designboom has received this project from our DIY submissions feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

edited by: christina vergopoulou | designboom

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