Intersection: Navid Baraty’s Study of Urban Geometry

All images by Navid Baraty. Used with permission.

Photographer Navid Baratay is now based in Seattle, Washington. But he’s the mastermind behind a series called “Intersections.” The series observes the way that cities look from way up in the sky. So to do this, Navid often takes to rooftops, reaches out and over the ledge, shoots, continues, etc.

Artistically speaking, what he comes away with is quite interesting.

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Navid Baraty’s Intersection Series Features Breath Taking City Views


All photos taken by and used with permission from Navid Baraty. Visit his website at to see more of his work or follow him on Twitter at @navidj and on Facebook.

The stunning photographs from award-winning Brooklyn photographer Navid Baraty’s Intersection series are essentially vignettes of the bustling streets of New York City and Tokyo. The perspective his images present to the viewers, however, are unlike the thousands, even millions of street photographs taken of these cities.

He took his shots from strategic vantage point and precarious angles, pointing down. Why, you ask? Well Baraty himself tells the Phoblographer,

“I started the Intersection series in NYC as a way to really showcase the heart of the city. After seeing countless skyline photos of NYC, I found that the real life of the city can best be captured by pointing the lens straight down from high above. You feel the energy and flow of the city–the constant stream of yellow taxis lining the avenues, the waves of pedestrians hurriedly crossing at the change of traffic signals, little figures disappearing into the subway stations, the chorus of honking horns and sirens. I’ve also been returning to some of the rooftops to shoot the city at night. The feeling of the city from above completely changes from daytime through twilight and into darkness.”

Baraty’s rooftop haunts resulted in these wonderful photographs. He not only documented the mesmerizing and colorful everyday scenes down below, but also captured the fascinating urban geometric lines and curves, the quiet chaos and the disarming order, which are virtually invisible unless seen from high above.

The overall effect is so stunning, so effectively eye-catching that you’d want to decorate your apartment walls with them.

The MTA Arts for Transit did, and in a New York City subway no less. If you think you’ve seen some of Baraty’s photographs before, it’s probably because you did, in a Kodak Alaris-sponsored exhibit at the Bowling Green Station in Manhattan where they will inspire and impress commuters and urbanites throughout 2014.

See some of the photos from the Intersection series after the jump.


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