It looks like very compacted living. But it looks like there are catwalks between a lot of them, so the residents can visit each other out doors.
I live in the middle of Oregon and have met many people from countries that have little or no open space. Millions of people. I am very lucky!
My immediate impression was that I was looking at containers on a ship.....and indeed it was, on the good ship "mother Earth"
It's a great picture that I think is from the same place of this other one that is very impacting also. See http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/photos/2243246/
Oh my word, that is something! Takes a while to figure it out. Living in a box in a box is correct. One thing that stuck out for me were the small boxes sticking out from the big ones, the air conditioners! Neat picture but is claustrophobic in many ways. Very interesting take on living quarters as a photograph and expresses many things.
The blurred bruise of the sky (due to the time exposure in this photo) is this urban location's connection with the natural world. This view induces a sensation of vertigo when I see it as looking down rather than up. Daylight obscures the infinite regression of interstellar space that's more apparent on a clear night. Gravity habituates us to seeing the sky as being in the direction of up, but seeing it as 'down' is much more revealing of the innately disturbing insecurity of existing on the surface of a small planet. (Actually, it's remarkable that a great many variables have coalesced to make planet earth so nurturing and supporting of life.)
Both the sky and the highrise apartment building in this image seem disturbing. It reminds me of why I prefer to live in a small, rural town in Nova Scotia.
What I find most interesting is that even though the 'units' are identical, the residents have changed each one to make it unique.
Very cool shot, right out of some sci fi movie scene. Could really play with this and make is a space scene or metropolis scene.
Who would have thought to take a picture from this angle? Apparently two people did. Boxed in, up and then ahhhhh out! The shot really made me feel light headed. What a way to live, what a picture! j.e.s.........
Someone has stolen the idea for this one...
Hans Wilschut, a well-known Dutch art photographer of buildings in peculiar circumstances or special contexts, represented in the Netherlands by art galery Ron Mandos, took the same picture on the same place: http://www.hanswilschut.com/en/2013/09/arche-2/
Breathtaking indeed, if you seee Hans' picture at double-poster size!
what a great and different perspective.having visited there back in '85, i remember just how crowded it was .must be worse now.,but what a vibrant electric place to be
@Willem Wiggers good catch, you know your way around!