There is a slow smoldering disquiet under the undeniable beauty of David Maisel’s photography. We’ve long lived with the scars of Industrial activity – and yet these side effects of our consumer culture are rarely brought to our attention as we wander through our daily life. Not so with Maisel’s aerial photography, where at once we can see the bigger picture – literally – of our lifestyle choices from a new and mesmerizing perspective.
These unfamiliar views of radically human-altered environments are both politically and aesthetically charged reflections of ourselves, and the very nature of beauty.
Leah Ollman of the Los Angeles Times wrote "Maisel's work over the past two decades has argued for an expanded definition of beauty, one that bypasses glamour to encompass the damaged, the transmuted, the decomposed"