When we talk about possible Dystopian futures, they are usually characterized by dehumanization, totalitarian governments, environmental disaster, or other characteristics associated with a cataclysmic decline in society. Rarely do we touch on the dystopian future that is cold, sterile, and efficient; yet this is the future that we are constantly moving towards. We are constantly moving towards a future where a single device controls everything in your home, and that device will be the same for everyone. What phone do you have in your pocket right now? It’s probably has an Android or iOS based operating system. This brings me to the photography of Andreas Levers, I found that his work boldly embodies the bleakness of modern society as expressed through architecture.
The Modern World series, by Andreas Levers, captures a stark and desolate view of German architecture. It’s easy to notice the lack of living creatures and suppression of nature in each of his shots. Unlike typical cityscape photography which focuses on capturing the hustle and bustle of different cultures, his work captures something deeper that lies underneath. When you peel away the living layers of our society you are left with just our creations. Cold buildings that lack any sort of character.
The architecture in his pictures are ruthlessly efficient. Everything has a specific place and function and nothing is left to chance. The Modern World is reminiscent of Orwell’s 1984 (a very tired comparison and reference I know). When you take into consideration the recent revelations about NSA spying across most first world countries including our own, it’s easy to make the mental connection about how it would be considerably more effective to monitor a homogeneous society. Things that are different or out of place, are easy to notice and contain. Take any one of Levers’ photos, if there were a spill of paint, or a jagged line, you would notice. I dare say that it would be the only thing you could focus on.
More About the Photographer:
Andreas Levers works as a media designer in Potsdam, Germany. He is interested in graphics, web design and photography. In his spare time he makes and writes about pictures. He gives back to the photography community by sharing tutorials and screencasts.