Cássio Vasconcellos' aerial images study the concept of ​​area in Covid-19

The fact that The Brazilian photographer Cássio Vasconcellos began his aerial photo series Coletivos (collectives) over ten years ago is a reference to the careful, time-consuming process behind its detailed images.

Vasconcellos repeatedly photographs and collects elements of everyday life them into dense scenes that sometimes feel suffocating, especially now that the world is grappling with an intense battle Mass aversion. The windows are arranged in a tableau that resembles the static appearance of a television set, the streets are mapped out like tangled threads, and in a particularly claustrophobic picture a huge stream of people fills the frame with no beginning or end in sight.

Vasconcellos takes everything of photos from a helicopter to add to an already extensive collection of images on a wide range of subjects. "Each job takes several months to complete as hundreds or thousands of photos need to be cropped on the computer and the proportions and light of each photo need to be adjusted"He tells us.

Coletivos Collectives by Cassio VasconcellosColetivos Collectives by Cassio Vasconcellos

For example, his picture airport (see above) took a year to complete, including the task of flying over different airports to take the first photos, followed by about 800 hours Editing on the computer.

Aside from the obvious technical complexity and time required to create these images, Vasconcellos believes that the greatest challenge is getting them all the photos together and to build a landscape that somehow convinces the viewer.

The series, launched in 2008, was conceived as a reflection on the impact of humans on the world, check “Our footprint in the facility"And the sheer volume of objects, materials and space that we consume – not to mention the litter left behind.

Vasconcellos' goal was to construct an imaginary landscape that paints a portrait to symbolize our era. In our day and age, however, images are taking on a new meaning.

"When we see these images now during the pandemic, we see how difficult it is for us to live with personal distance, ”he says. “This is not part of our story, we like to meet and live with other people. The paradox is that our way of life, with a large impact on the environment, is one factor that increases the chances of all of this. “He finds his images of airplanes particularly profound as they often connect us to people around the world, but their role in the international spread of the virus has separated countries more than ever.

In light of this newly found meaning, tThe Coletivos series was published in a photo book of the same name, as one of the eight-part Quarantena Book series. The books were developed in response to the global pandemic and each involve the collaboration of a photographer and a designer for a special collaboration.

Coletivos Collectives by Cassio VasconcellosColetivos Collectives by Cassio Vasconcellos

The Coletivos book was a collaboration between Vasconcellos and Kenzo Mayama Kramarz, a designer and co-founder of the London-based design studio Make. Kramarz wanted to explore the idea of ​​space during the pandemic through editingorial Design by adding "a level of graphic interventions that add" distancing "to the equation and what that means in terms of our awareness of each other and the world around us."

Goes from Sales of the books will go on Projeto Rizoma, a charity that supports people who are most at risk during Covid-19 in Brazil.

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