Neal Peterson is a photographer, artist musician and designer, who’s currently lives and works in Minneapolis, MN, USA. For his series “Urban Mandalas”, Neal created stunning large-scale collages from hundreds of photos taken within the urban areas they represent. “Walking through cities, I document the evolution of their architecture, natural elements, and more,” he says.
Traditional mandalas are often representations of the Universe illustrating that all things are connected. I take inspiration from this idea and create these microcosms with the same principles of connectivity, community, and oneness.
Neal Peterson documents the social and cultural benefits of city living are pitted against alienation, pollution and a widening gap between rich and poor.
“I like to think of the Buddhists creating their mandalas with sand, grains at a time. For me, the pixels are like grains of sand. If I try to do too much too quickly, I’ll ruin it, so it really challenges my patience. I’ve stopped keeping track of the time. I just try and let the work happen organically.”