Megacities, even more than national borders, increasingly define the way we live today. And iconic architecture defines the way we experience these cities, letting us measure our lives against them: When I’m driving in Paris and see the Arc de Triumph, I know I will be stuck at the huge roundabout for at least 20 minutes. When I zoom past the imposing blue disc next to the highway in Abu Dhabi, I know I am getting close to the airport.
But how well do we really know those shapes and sights? To cast a new perspective on some of the world’s best-known places, we chose ten abstract photos from the architecture finalists of this year’s EyeEm photography awards. Globetrotters of the world, just try to guess what you’re looking at: