The Enormous Unseen by Michael O. Snyder

The Enormous Unseen

The Enormous Unseen is a double exposure series blending urban landscapes with wild spaces. The project scratches at the facade of permanence of industrial civilization and explores what the world might look after we are gone. The technique is done entirely within camera without aid of Photoshop.

In just a few thousand years human beings have radically altered our planet.  In the past one hundred and fifty years alone, the Industrial Revolution has wrought an explosion of infrastructure, an urban jungle that over half of the world’s population calls home.  And yet, all of that has happened in just a tiny fraction of geologic time; We know now that the Earth is billions of years older than we are, and that millions species have already come before us and disappeared again into a constantly churning pot of extinction and re-speciation.  

This revelation should radically alter our sense of self in this world. And yet -- we seem to go on living, comfortably bathed in the illusion of our own permanence.  But perhaps this facade is starting to crack.  In an age of nuclear weapons and climate change, fantasies of the apocalypse have grown in the popular conscious. The question of our own extinction seems not to be ‘if’, but ‘when’.

The Enormous Unseen is a double exposure series blending urban landscapes with wild spaces.  The project scratches at the facade of industrial civilization and imagines what the world might look like after we are gone.  It is an exploration of the idea that our eventual demise and disappearance from this world can be both horrifying, and simultaneously beautiful. The technique is done entirely within the camera without Photoshop.

The Enormous Unseen by Michael O. Snyder
The Enormous Unseen by Michael O. Snyder
The Enormous Unseen by Michael O. Snyder
The Enormous Unseen by Michael O. Snyder
The Enormous Unseen by Michael O. Snyder
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I do this work because I believe that we are living in a critical time as a species on this planet. I also believe that great stories and images have the power to change our cultural narrative. Your funding helps keep that work going! Thanks so much --- you rock!

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