Interweaving Old And New

David Thomas Smith

Irish artist David Thomas Smith borrows age-old designs from Persian rugs and repatterns them with screengrabs from Google Maps. From an interview with Smith:

Aesthetically, the initial influence came from Afghan war rugs, I really liked the idea of the rug being used as a document, and this in turn led me to the more decorative Persian motifs as a source of inspiration…. The use of Google Maps (was an obvious candidate, the image quality is by far the best) came about because as [Lev] Manovich said most things are already photographs. For me, a great deal of documentary photography is becoming more and more about the re-contextualization of the image. It’s about taking existing images and giving them new meaning.

(Image: Beijing International Airport, Beijing, People’s Republic of China, 2009-10)