Metropia

Metropia

Metropia. A journey through a oneiric megalopolis, where landmarks are vanishing in the memory of your dreams or nightmares.

 

  Today, as never before , we mortals are producing enormous amounts of photographs that, in the majority of cases, will never leave the mobile they were taken with. Or at best, be uploaded to one of the so-called  social medias  where it will be consumed by an inconceivable amount of people in just a matter of seconds. They will rapidly reach a kind of immortality, until it is pushed down by the next new feed.  Metropia was a child of chance; it was my discovery of the truly remarkable potential of iPhone as a perfectly capable photographic tool, and the very popular social media, Instagram. Metropia was growing in narrative with each posting. It was fun! I made friends and discovered a great community of talented photographers.  Metropia has been my claim to produce photos with a mobile camera that can be used in printed media. Unfortunately, Metropia is no longer a project on Instagram because of my disagreement with their TOS [Term of Service]. Ironically, Metropia now only exists in book format. [and in this webpage].   Salvador Calaf

Today, as never before, we mortals are producing enormous amounts of photographs that, in the majority of cases, will never leave the mobile they were taken with. Or at best, be uploaded to one of the so-called social medias where it will be consumed by an inconceivable amount of people in just a matter of seconds. They will rapidly reach a kind of immortality, until it is pushed down by the next new feed.

Metropia was a child of chance; it was my discovery of the truly remarkable potential of iPhone as a perfectly capable photographic tool, and the very popular social media, Instagram. Metropia was growing in narrative with each posting. It was fun! I made friends and discovered a great community of talented photographers.

Metropia has been my claim to produce photos with a mobile camera that can be used in printed media. Unfortunately, Metropia is no longer a project on Instagram because of my disagreement with their TOS [Term of Service]. Ironically, Metropia now only exists in book format. [and in this webpage].

Salvador Calaf

  Metropia is as much a sensibility as it is a  topographically defined area. Temperatures, temperaments, expectations and spectacles are exaggerated in a densely packed can. Contemporary cities are sprawling, becoming conurbations. What frictions are generated by this culture of congestion where creation and destructions goes hand in hand in this constant state of renewal? And is it only the surface undergoing renewal? It seems like the substructure is never far away.   In the following pages you will find exceptional designed environments and experiences that are idiosyncratic to Metropia, some in unconventional ways. If there is a unifying gesture in this eclectic spectrum then is panache. Extreme panache.   Catalysing this creative cauldron are fragments of truth, moments in time. Lines, surfaces, textures, light and colours. Where light and weather metamorphoses steel, glass, concrete and asphalt into that one frame. Please join in on this photographic journey made trough modern cityscapes. Monochrome, squared reflections made from behind the lens of an iPhone 4.   As you turn the pages, allow yourself to be free of life’s ordinary motivations. Be drawn by your instinct, send your gaze upward, lower your eyes, have a look around. Let metropolis tighten its grip on you. You've probably seen it. Is it ugly or beautiful, or maybe both? Can you hear the silence?   Gunn Elin Schmidt

Metropia is as much a sensibility as it is a topographically defined area. Temperatures, temperaments, expectations and spectacles are exaggerated in a densely packed can. Contemporary cities are sprawling, becoming conurbations. What frictions are generated by this culture of congestion where creation and destructions goes hand in hand in this constant state of renewal? And is it only the surface undergoing renewal? It seems like the substructure is never far away.
 
In the following pages you will find exceptional designed environments and experiences that are idiosyncratic to Metropia, some in unconventional ways. If there is a unifying gesture in this eclectic spectrum then is panache. Extreme panache.
 
Catalysing this creative cauldron are fragments of truth, moments in time. Lines, surfaces, textures, light and colours. Where light and weather metamorphoses steel, glass, concrete and asphalt into that one frame. Please join in on this photographic journey made trough modern cityscapes. Monochrome, squared reflections made from behind the lens of an iPhone 4.
 
As you turn the pages, allow yourself to be free of life’s ordinary motivations. Be drawn by your instinct, send your gaze upward, lower your eyes, have a look around. Let metropolis tighten its grip on you. You've probably seen it. Is it ugly or beautiful, or maybe both?
Can you hear the silence?

Gunn Elin Schmidt

 Departures

Departures

 The Bunker entrance

The Bunker entrance

 The jet

The jet

 Parking

Parking

 The Walls

The Walls

 Transtate Express

Transtate Express

 Deconstructing

Deconstructing

 Factory

Factory

 Gate Avenue

Gate Avenue

 The Temple

The Temple

 Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge

 Ingress

Ingress

 The Opera

The Opera

 The Gate

The Gate

 Below the Gate

Below the Gate

 The Interstate

The Interstate

 The promenade

The promenade

 The Court

The Court

 The Destributor

The Destributor

 Electrical storm

Electrical storm

 The Film Art Ministry

The Film Art Ministry

 Crematorium

Crematorium

 Commuters

Commuters

 The Governor

The Governor

 Through the Governor's window

Through the Governor's window

 The Vault

The Vault

 B-23 | B-20

B-23 | B-20

 The road to the sky

The road to the sky

 P 365

P 365

 T·DHL

T·DHL

 Over the Storage Tanks

Over the Storage Tanks

 The Void

The Void

 2D Theatre.

2D Theatre.

 Did you remember.

Did you remember.

 Aircraft

Aircraft

 Agbar

Agbar

 Power Station Central

Power Station Central

 Dehesa Santa Maria

Dehesa Santa Maria

 Sky tracers

Sky tracers

 Colossus

Colossus

 EARN

EARN

 Hydra. The squatters residence

Hydra. The squatters residence

 The Shinning

The Shinning

 SHHH... they are listening

SHHH... they are listening