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"Invisible Cities" by Adam Davies

  • Top of the World Observation Level 401 East Pratt Street Baltimore, MD, 21202 United States (map)

Over the past four years, Adam Davies has built a series of photographs showing structures in the American landscape that are overlooked or marginalized: deserted sites, hidden passageways, the undersides of bridges. These are sites of dissonance, between order and disorder, beauty and neglect, wealth and poverty, decay and renewal, past and present. While devoid of people, they bear marks of human actions. Traces of graffiti, unexpected reflections, retrofitted alterations, and unusual debris reveal layered histories that pile, accordion-like, onto a single place.

Rather than as documentary photographs, Davies thinks of his works as psychological portraits of places seen through the gaze of the 8 × 10 inch large-format camera. This camera permits the lens to move independently of the film, allowing adjustments of perspective and focus to create images that are visually complex and immersive. The resultant images are intended to slightly disorient the viewer, creating a dreamlike sense of time and place.

Regular hours of operation for Top of the World Observation Level are:

  • Wednesday and Thursday from 10am to 6pm
  • Friday and Saturday from 10am to 7pm
  • Sunday from 11am to 6pm

Admission is:

  • $6 for adults
  • $5 for seniors and military
  • $4 for children 3 to 12 years old
  • Admission is free for children under 3 years old.
  • The last ticket is sold a half-hour before closing.