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The almost realistic photos appearing in High Altitude [] (don't let the Flash overload stop you) visualize the development of the leading global stock market indices over the past 20-30 years. Photographer Michael Najjar used the images captured during his trek to Mount Aconcagua (6,962m) as the basis of the high altitude data visualizations.

Each stock market index, such as the Nikkei, Dow Jones, Nasdaq or the more specific Lehman Brothers stock quote downfall, corresponds to a impeccably rendered unique mountain range. Or, put differently, "the virtual data mountains of the stock market charts are sublimated in the materiality of the Argentinean mountainscape". The jagged rock formations act as a symbol of the thin edge between reality and simulation.





Thanks for the interesting post. I'd like to mention that my friend Mathieu Bernard-Reymond made work based on economic charts during 2003-2008:

Tue 23 Mar 2010 at 5:54 AM

thanks for posting this, very interesting indeed, and how amazed by the works based on economic charts.

Mon 12 Apr 2010 at 4:11 PM

Nice work. I would love to see the pictures animated. Can you imagine the clouds moving, occasional large boulders falling from the peaks and rolling past the camera? Oh, and low frequency rumbles.

Mon 19 Apr 2010 at 3:51 AM
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