Having moved to Seoul, Manuel Alvarez Diestro counted 27 massive bridges crossing the Han River. Each of these engineering structures is unique, and tourists love to be photographed on them. But Diestro was not interested in their arches and highlights, he looked under the bridges, which turned out to be much more interesting.
Manuel Alvarez Diestro began work on the Seoul Bridges series shortly after moving from England to South Korea. While riding his bike along the river, he stopped to rest under Mapo’s bridge in Yoido and was immediately fascinated by how concrete columns and beams looked from below. Seoul Bridges on Han River | Almost like optical illusions
“I was fascinated by the monumentality and massiveness of the buildings, as well as the perspective that they form,” explains the photographer.
“The grandeur of the supporting structures in the river and the spaces that they create give rise to mystery that inspired me.”
Diestro directed the camera in such a way as to capture surreal geometry under the bridges. The columns, one after another, captivate the viewer's eye to a central point and hypnotize, almost like an optical illusion. This series is yet another confirmation that looking at a different place from a different angle can lead to an interesting result. Other projects by Manuel Alvarez Diestro can be found on his website and on Instagram .