Gus Petro

These blended photographs show us what a crazy building boom along the sleepy, southwest corner of Europe might look like.

For EU officials who dream of solving Portugal's economic woes almost as much as vacationing in the Algarve, these photographs may induce significant drooling.

Gus Petro, who previously blended photographs of Manhattan and the Grand Canyon together, gave himself a similar challenge with Weld. In it, he combines images of central London and the cliffs of southern Portugal into one incredibly dramatic landscape. 

The Zurich-based photographer describes his project as "when the center meets the end point." And he sees his final result as a visual fantasy and ode to Europe's history, a place filled with buildings from a city that "used to be the center of Europe" along an area that, during the Middle Ages, was thought to be where the flat world ended.

Purists who prefer to admire both places for what they are today can look through the initial stages of Petro's project titled Core (London) and Edge (Algarve). But for anyone interested in a place that combines some of Europe's most loved natural and man-made elements (and will surely never exist), Weld is worth a look:

All images courtesy Gus Petro

About the Author

Most Popular

  1. A woman wheels a suitcase on a platform toward a train.
    Transportation

    In Denmark's Train Dream, the Next Big City Is Only an Hour Away

    A newly revived rail plan could see Denmark’s trains catch up with its reputation for other types of green transit.

  2. A crowded street outside in Boston
    Life

    Surveillance Cameras Debunk the Bystander Effect

    A new study uses camera footage to track the frequency of bystander intervention in heated incidents in Amsterdam; Cape Town; and Lancaster, England.                            

  3. A photo of anti-gentrification graffiti in Washington, D.C.
    Equity

    The Hidden Winners in Neighborhood Gentrification

    A new study claims the effects of neighborhood change on original lower-income residents are largely positive, despite fears of spiking rents and displacement.

  4. Equity

    Berlin’s Plan to Preserve Affordable Apartments: Buy Them

    To ward off rent hikes and evictions at the hands of new building owners, the city will purchase about 700 homes the much-coveted Karl Marx Allee neighborhood.

  5. A polar-bear cub sits on a rock outcropping as a crowd looks on in the background.
    Design

    What Zoo Design Reveals About Human Attitudes to Nature

    Author Natascha Meuser describes zoo architecture as a “masquerade” that borrows from museums, prisons, and theaters.

×