Once Removed

A photo essay. To view all 15 images, check out the email version

Seeing things in terms of their usefulness is of course a useful way of seeing things—especially important things. That’s why we understand our built environment primarily in material and functional terms. We see structures of brick, metal and concrete and we understand they bear weight and provide shelter. We see sheets of glass and we understand they lighten homes and offices. We see a building’s base, roof and walls and we understand its outer limits.

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By removing them from their real-world contexts, however, these built surfaces can be formalized and accentuated, the way an abstract painter might ease, tease or simply please our brains using vivid or subtle geometry. They can also be extended infinitely beyond their earthly bounds, the way a line or a plane is presumed to continue once it reaches the edge of the frame.

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Imagine that.

Written and photographed by Dan Mims.

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Dan has worked for a couple of major media companies, but he likes Daily Nutmeg best. As DN’s editor, he writes, photographs, edits and otherwise shepherds ideas into fully realized feature stories.

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