13th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Near, Airborne Assembly
This photograph is part of a set, Airborne Assembly, a range of accidental photos captured by a camera in flight by Jie Zhang and Susanna Pho, two recent Master of Architecture graduates from MIT, during their one-month research and service trip to Ahmedabad, India in 2013. While there, they tested and promoted low-cost aerial mapping techniques using helium balloons and kites in partnership with local non-profits and community groups to provide a useful tool for documenting ever-changing informal communities to the organizations that serve them. Wherever they went for mapping flights, Jie and Susanna attracted large crowds and as a result, the continuous take from the camera not only documented productive aerial views of the most informal and impoverished communities of the city, but also captured, from curious happenstance angles, small glimpses of the people living within. In the banality and crudeness of these shots taken from a swinging bottle in flight, Jie and Susanna incidentally captured a panorama of a lesser chronicled part of Ahmedabad embedded with intricate vignettes of an often invisible population.
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||April 12, 2015, 2:37 a.m.