Contorted Manhattan Skylines: Brad Sloan Photography

Beneath the salient constructs that drift through our nightly dreams lie the forgotten joys of lucid creation. Instantaneous manifestation, scenery manipulation and gravity defiance are forfeited powers of the dream world that lie waiting at our fingertips. Luckily, some artists extract this art of structural maneuverability into real life, such as Brad Sloan has done in his city-bending, Inception-like photography.

In his photo series captured during a three day trip to New York, Sloan shows us contorted aerial views of severed Manhattan skylines. Harshened by a monochromatic filter, the photos outline the notion that symmetry can still be born out of structural discontinuity.

With every step inside the story of slumber, the mind creates another reality for itself by either repeating the past or reshaping the known to create anew. Reflecting the latter through careful manipulation, Sloan molds symmetry into each of his photos using a lack of negative space and architectural asymmetry. Every photo also captures a landmark, thereby adding a sense of association. His saturated cityscapes thus forge a personal experience from the chaos of an impersonal perspective.

Sloan’s photography lends magnanimity towards a city that often appears indifferent. He presents a perfect example of an optical illusion that propels the viewer into a stolen time where the borough is distended – enough to wrap back around upon itself, repeating itself from another point of view to all of those that didn’t understand it the first time.

Keara Wright

Aspiring creative author and astrophysicist, with degrees in Physics, Mathematics, and Psychology.

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