‘Room Portraits’ by Menno Aden is a series of voyeuristic photographs of Berlin interiors from an unconventional viewpoint: the ceiling. He has portraits of everything from a shoe shop to a supermarket, a lift to an apartment. In each case the camera was positioned in the centre of the ceiling to create an image that appears flattened and abstracted.
Here’s the summary from his website:
Through challenging camera angles Menno Aden abstracts most familiar actual living environments and public interiors into flattened two-dimensional scale models. A camera that the artist installed on the ceiling of various rooms takes pictures downwards of the interiors. The resulting images lay out space in symmetrical compositions that look like assemblages stripped off any kind of objectivity. The views into private homes and secret retreats bring up associations of the ubiquitous observation camera. The notion of surveillance is systematically played out by the artist to hint at society’s voyeuristic urge that popular culture has made mainstream.
These photographs have a voyeuristic sense to them don’t they? It’s quite disarming…
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