To me, big is a relative word. What we think of as big, such as a house or a car, might actually be very small in comparison to other things. In …
To me, big is a relative word. What we think of as big, such as a house or a car, might actually be very small in comparison to other things. In order to show people the idea that big is a relative term, I took pictures of the neighborhoods in New York out of a plane window. After taking the pictures, I printed five of them out and lined them up, connecting one side of each picture with the side of the next picture, creating a panorama of sorts. The panorama shows hundreds of these houses, making them look very small in comparison. The panorama is able to show that the houses go on for miles and miles, and reminds the viewer of the vastness of humanity, and of the world. Because the plane was both taking off and turning while I was taking the pictures, the lines of the streets do not fit together entirely, creating kind of a warped, hilled looking plain. On the left, the plain starts out showing the buildings as larger, because it is a closer view. As the viewer’s eye moves further to the left, the plane flies higher and higher in the sky, and the houses begin to look smaller and smaller. This alludes again to the idea that big is relative, and while we think of houses and buildings as big, there is so much that is even bigger than them. And there is so much that is even bigger than that. It is all relative.
Published: January 09, 2013