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These Overhead Images of Barges Are Vertigo Inducing

By Justin Heyes on September 21st 2014

There is a little mystery in the whale-like metal ships we call barges. Where are they going? Who communes in their bellies? What are they carrying? Hungarian photographer, Gyula Sopronyi, show us a glimpse of the mini scenes that occur on the back of these behemoths in his series, Floating Aspect.


[Rewind:Inspiration: A House on a River in Serbia]

The beginning of Floating Aspect started in France when Sopronyi won the Andre Kertesz photography scholarship and was able to study abroad. During the two months in France, his parent and grandparents passed away. Combined that with his work as a photojournalist and covering different conflict zones in Iraq, Pakistan, Gaza, and Libya, he is not a stranger to loss, fear, and hopelessness. But that hasn’t stopped him from finding “hope, bravery, and persistency.

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The series is described as metaphor of life itself. Sometimes, we’re emptied and easily carried by the current and other times, we’re heavily bogged down with the things of life and have to move against the grain. “Floating, towed timelessness. Sluggish giants.”, Sopronyi explains, “Their shapes remain as they used to be, moving slowly with their long, flat bodies up and down river with their heavy loads, just as they have for centuries.

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What are your views on the series? Do you see it as a metaphor for life? You can check out more from Gyula Sopronyi on his website.

CREDITS: All photographs by Gyula Sopronyi are copyrighted and have been used with permission for SLR Lounge. Do not copy, modify or re-post this article or images without express permission from SLR Lounge and the artist.

[Via Gizmodo]

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Justin Heyes wants to live in a world where we have near misses and absolute hits; great love and small disasters. Starting his career as a gaffer, he has done work for QVC and The Rachel Ray Show, but quickly fell in love with photography. When he’s not building arcade machines, you can find him at local flea markets or attending car shows.

Explore his photographic endeavors here.

Website: Justin Heyes
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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Ipek Amdahl

    Very interesting to look at!

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  2. Peter Nord

    River traffic is always interesting. The bigger the river the harder accessing a shooting location, needs a few miles to walk. When I look down on a big midwest river, I mostly see barges with coal, coal, and more coal. I find the tow boats and workers more interesting than the barges.

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  3. Chuck Eggen

    Interesting series. Not really my cup of tea as far as images are concerned but I like the creativity.

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