For most of us, freeway interchanges are just something we use to get from one place to the next. For photographer Peter Andrew, they’re art.For several years, he’s had pilots fly him over interchanges across North America so he can capture the intricacy and allure of these concrete masses. “It’s not until you look at them from the air that you see that there is this engineered, moving system that’s really creative and quite beautiful,” says Andrew, who lives in Toronto. To find the interchanges, he spends hours on Google Earth. But he also scopes freeway fodder from his many commercial flights or driving along the roads themselves.
One might expect to find the most intricate exchanges in the largest cities, but he says that’s not necessarily true. There’s not much onramp spaghetti in New York City that he’s interested in photographing, for example, but there is an interchange in Albuquerque, New Mexico and another in Amarillo, Texas he’d really like to get. Texas is actually his next stop. The state is full of great freeway designs, he says. Between Houston, Dallas and San Antonio, he says he’ll have his hands full for days, if not weeks.
“[Texas] has the greatest concentration of these interchanges that I’ve found,” he says.
By Jacob Schiller