Manuel Alvarez Diestro

A photographer investigates the massive, mysterious underbellies of Han River overpasses.

Unless you’re a troll, odds are you don’t spend a lot of time under bridges. Photographer Manuel Alvarez Diestro has, though, and his documentation of these obscures spaces is full of industrial beauty and glimpses into the infinite.

Alvarez Diestro, who hails from London, got the inspiration to peer under the bridges while spending the past six months in South Korea’s capital. “One of the most iconic locations in Seoul is the Han River,” he says. “While riding my bike along the river, I could not resist the idea of conducting a work about the 27 bridges that connect Seoul’s north and south.”

The artist decided to shoot from below to highlight the gargantuan underpinnings of the bridges, rife with geometric allure, as well as to give the spans an alien quality. He explains via email:

I was fascinated with the monumentality and massiveness of the supporting structures through pillars and beams and the receding perspective that they generate. Each bridge has its distinctive design qualities which create different vistas.

The grandiosity of the supporting structures in the river and the spaces they create also generate a mysterious quality that inspired me to conduct the work, as we no longer see their main function, which is to connect people across the metropolis.

Enjoy a selection of photos from the series:

H/t Designboom

About the Author

Most Popular

  1. photo: a pair of homes in Pittsburgh
    Equity

    The House Flippers of Pittsburgh Try a New Tactic

    As the city’s real estate market heats up, neighborhood groups say that cash investors use building code violations to encourage homeowners to sell.  

  2. Life

    Can Toyota Turn Its Utopian Ideal Into a 'Real City'?

    The automaker-turned-mobility-company announced last week it wants to build a living, breathing urban laboratory from the ground up in Japan.

  3. Life

    The Cities Americans Want to Flee, and Where They Want to Go

    An Apartment List report reveals the cities apartment-hunters are targeting for their next move—and shows that tales of a California exodus may be overstated.

  4. Transportation

    In Paris, a Very Progressive Agenda Is Going Mainstream

    Boosted by big sustainability wins, Mayor Anne Hidalgo is pitching bold plans to make the city center “100 percent bicycle” and turn office space into housing.

  5. A photo of a police officer in El Paso, Texas.
    Equity

    What New Research Says About Race and Police Shootings

    Two new studies have revived the long-running debate over how police respond to white criminal suspects versus African Americans.

×