PetaPixel

Photographs of Urban Landscapes with All Traces of Text Removed

The Untitled Project” by photographer Matt Siber features urban scenes with all traces of text stripped away and reconstructed in a separate frame. Siber shot the original images in North America, Europe, and China over the past nine years.

Here’s the reconstructed text frame of the above photo:

Some other images from the project:

The absence of the printed word not only draws attention to the role text plays in the modern landscape but also simultaneously emphasizes alternative forms of communication such as symbols, colors, architecture and corporate branding. In doing this, it serves to point out the growing number of ways in which public voices communicate without using traditional forms of written language. [#]

Check out many more images over on the project’s page.

The Untitled Project (via PDN)


Image credits: Photographs by Matt Siber and used with permission


 
 
  • http://profiles.google.com/granttaylorphotos Grant Taylor

    I actually saw some of Matt Siber’s work in a gallery in Cleveland Ohio. Seeing them next to each other in a large format makes them that much more amazing.

  • http://profiles.google.com/granttaylorphotos Grant Taylor

    I actually saw some of Matt Siber’s work in a gallery in Cleveland Ohio. Seeing them next to each other in a large format makes them that much more amazing.

  • Deltaflux

    The title of this sounded really interesting, but actually I was struck by how normal the pictures look – I doubt I’d have even noticed the lack of text in most of them.

  • Vfritts

    Cool! It’s like language doesn’t exist. Just symbols.

  • http://twitter.com/XSportSeeker Renato Murakami

    Interesting project!
    Can’t remember where, maybe it was something local, but one time I saw pics comparison of places with and without everything that was considered “visual pollution”.
    All signs, boards, advertising stuff, lighting posts, wires, traffic lights and the stuff photographers usually “photoshop out” were removed.
    A very desirable view was the result. Though it wouldn’t really be possible to live in that environment (since some essencial stuff was removed, like those traffic lights).

  • mister thomas

    nice idea. reminds me very much of the “clean city” project in são paulo, brazil….

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Robinson/1466726625 James Robinson

    very interesting idea, however i believe it hasnt been executed in a way that best compliments the idea itself. All of the pictures are very boring and not very well shot in my opinion. 
    Maybe i’m not grasping the impact these images would have when on a larger scale. However on a small computer screen, they all look emotionless.

  • http://twitter.com/BrandenHarvey Branden Harvey

    Well done.