Seeing with Disembodied Eyes

Photography and essay for Migrant Journal, 2017


Seeing with Disembodied Eyes is comprised of an essay and a photographic series on the emerging vertical jurisdiction in the context of contemporary Russia. I am arguing how implications of a disembodied aerial gaze are shaping the legal norms, and reflecting on the phenomenology of drone use for photography.

The photographs depict the area of so-called New Moscow — a territory that became an administrative part of the capital only six years ago. Being a huge infrastructural project in itself, its development is as controversial as the grey sovereignty of the civil aerospace above it.