The roads are appearing empty and a little eerie these days because of the outbreak and the suggested self-isolation most people are coping with in hopes of protecting ourselves and everybody from the virus. It can be somewhat unnerving to see cities when bursting with life and people appear completely empty and sort of abandoned today, as everybody is staying at home the majority of the time unless they should go get groceries or get medical assistance. This reminded us of a photo exhibition by Chris Morin-Eitner that occurred a few years back.
Chris Morin-Eitner is a French artist, he is passionate about photography and sometimes creates short films. When he was traveling through Cambodia he had been very much impressed and motivated by Angkor Wat. Angkor was the capital of the Khmer Empire and when you find those buildings you can not help but consider the fact they were probably, even more, striking back then than they are now. Yet the fall of Angkor occurred at a certain point in the 15th century and gradually nature took over.
This made Chris consider what other contemporary cities would look like if humankind disappeared. If most of us just kind of stopped and ceased to exist, what would our cities look like in a few years or decades? To explore this notion Chris Morin-Eitner took photographs of popular tourist destinations and then used digital retouching to edit the images to what you are seeing here. He played with colours, shadow, additional wild creatures and overgrown plants and foliage to attain this post-apocalyptic effect.
- The Eiffel Tower
- A proud lion sitting atop L’Arc de Triomphe
- How long do you think it would take for the wild animals to return to the cities and claim them as their own once again?
- Fludded streets, buildings overgrown with trees and all sorts of stuff. Nature’s version of unkempt looks better than humanity’s carelessness and dirtiness.
- Central Park would no longer be a small oasis in the concrete jungle, all of New York would become a forest.
- Flamingos, ostriches, and other wildlife look so out of place in modern cities but add a bit more greenery and they’d feel right at home.
- So maybe giraffes on Brookly bridge is the artist going a bit too far, but hey, it’s his art – his vision. Plus, there’s no such thing as too many giraffes, you know?
- Rooftop pools? More like rooftop lakes now. Kind of vibing with this scenery though, perhaps they should redecorate in real life. This is less sleek but way more aesthetic.
- Would London just become a massive swamp? Imagine the Tower Bridge with no tourists, just a whole lot of frogs.
- Did you know that Big Ben would stop working within 3 days if people just disappeared? It needs to be wound up every 3 days in order for it to work properly.
- What would Asia look like? Would all those glass buildings stay up for generations like the ancient ruins do or would they break and fall apart without humans?
- It’s a fascinating idea what Chris came up with and we wonder if he’s thinking about it more now that we’re all on lockdown.