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Photographer Peter Bogaczewicz casts an inquisitive look at the Arabian Gulf’s natural landscape and the marks man has left on them in his ongoing photographic series, Surface Tensions

Shot across Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Oman, Bogaczewicz captures the organic and natural desert canvas of stone and sand interrupted by the presence of man-made elements, from built buildings to paved highways, abandoned cars to unfinished structures. Comparatively small to its surroundings yet noticeable enough to visually impact the entire landscape, Surface Tensions mulls over the effects of human intervention in the Gulf, where some of the most ambitious building projects have transformed — and are still transforming — this part of the world at record speed.

In a monochromatic and uniform environment such as the desert, these traces of man-made activity are laid bare and unconcealed, revealing a deep tension between man’s ideas of progress and how it temporarily and permanently impacts the environment it asserts itself onto. Bogaczewicz’s powerful imagery ponders over how man’s need to dominate the environment will play out further into the future, hinting at how progress rivals nature itself. 

A Canadian creative who splits his time between Riyadh, Toronto and Halifax, Peter Bogaczewicz delves into photographic visual storytelling and art, using his projects as a commentary on the relationship of the natural environment, the built environment and the human community.

Visit his website and follow him on Instagram.

Elsewhere in the Gulf, discover a luxurious hotel in the Saudi Arabian desert, and Jean Nouvel’s Louvre in Abu Dhabi.

Peter Bogaczewicz Surface Tensions
Peter Bogaczewicz Surface Tensions
Peter Bogaczewicz Surface Tensions
Peter Bogaczewicz Surface Tensions
Peter Bogaczewicz Surface Tensions

Images © Peter Bogaczewicz / with permission

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