This project is a surprisingly unsettling look at the relationship between words and the urban environment. By blocking out text in urban environments, it nicely displays the power words have in shaping subject perspective, position, and interpretation.
is rooted in a base interest in the nature of power. With the removal
of all traces of text from the photographs, the project explores the
manifestation of power between large groups of people in the form of
public and semi-public language. The absence of the printed word not
only draws attention to the role text plays in the modern landscape
but also simultaneously emphasizes alternative forms of communication
such as symbols, colors, architecture and corporate branding. In doing
this, it serves to point out the growing number of ways in which public
voices communicate without using traditional forms of written language.
The reintroduction of the text takes written language out of the context
of its intended viewing environment. The composition of the layouts
remain true to the composition of their corresponding photographs in
order to draw attention to relative size, location and orientation.
The isolation of the text from its original graphic design and accompanying
logos, photographs and icons helps to further explore the nature of
communication in the urban landscape as a combination of visual and
Also, see this other project by Steinbrener and Dempf where the block the signs from Times Square. Talk about strange.