Ross Racine is a New York artist who created this series of imaginary suburbs drawn by hand on the computer. Racine explored the process of image making utilizing hand drawing on a technical medium. His works draw upon the physical landscape we create and manipulate in such a way as to become believable aerial photographs.
Here’s a statement from the artist:
The subject of my work may be interpreted equally as models for planned communities or as aerial views of fictional suburbs, reflecting the dual role of the computer as a tool for urban planning as well as image capture. Encouraging a reflecting attitude by its perpendicular and distant viewpoint, the aerial view is used here to comment on society’s occupation and transformation of the natural landscape. In addition, the obviously invented nature of these suburbs exaggerates existing situations and drives the subject matter into the investigative domain of science fiction. Examining the relation between design and actual lived experience, the works subvert the apparent rationality of urban design, exposing conflicts that lurk beneath the surface. These digital drawings are a comment on the fears as well as the dreams expressed in suburban culture.
Be sure to check out Ross Racine’s web site to view the entire collection.