Reflection

Of all the skylines that exist, New York City has to have one of the most iconic and illustrious ones in the world. Known as "The City That Never Sleeps", "Center of the Universe", and depicted quite deliriously in Cee Lo Green's "Bright Lights Bigger City" music video, this place would be nothing without those who labored over the past hundred years to construct the metropolis that it is today. Whenever I go here, I find myself looking up at these buildings and evaluating them based on how they appear to me as I walk past, looming with dark windows, various architectural stylings, and silent facades that seem equally as unwelcoming as they are magnetic. Then in typical New York fashion, the moment usually passes by and I hurriedly journey forth towards my final destination, my previous thoughts being as one-dimensional as they come.

Graphic designer Diego Guevara is the first person who has been able to make me do a double take when it comes to appraising edifices at face value. His personal project of combining architecture, photography, and design to manipulate and create mirror images of the same singular structures is truly a measure of his ability to see both sides of the story and fix his eyes beyond the obvious and temporary into the unseen and eternal. Certain points of his photos seem like a Penrose puzzle in which we view a neverending series of lines and sharp angles, not knowing when they may end. And in this situation, maybe we don't want them to. Maybe we'd rather they keep going so that when we next feast our eyes on a building, it is not the first thing we notice that registers in our minds, but the second and third observations that stay.