Kevin Vucic-Shepherd

Of the estimated 1 trillion photographs taken this year statically, all of them share one thing; perspective. This is normal, simplistically, Cameras mimic the way that we see. A lens made of glass, plastic or tissue, is held in front of a sensor to capture light, chemically, electronically or biologically. Why we think of photographs as a good simulacrum for the world is because of this functional relationship between the eye and the camera.

However, the world clearly isn’t perspectival. The distant horizon of buildings no bigger than your thumb is just an illusion. As we walk towards the horizon, do the buildings grow or our thumb shrinks? No! This is just a trick of how lenses and our eyes work.

Are we simplistic about this relationship? Is it that further away objects are considered less important? Does perspective render a hierarchy within photography?

The perspectival world of photography needs to be scrutinised, at present perspective is  never questioned. A simple question needs to be asked; What does the world look like without perspective? What does the world look like with a scale?

This work is a way of exploring that question and ones coupled with it. What does the world look like in orthographic scale? What does a building really look like in relationship to everything else?

Jean-Nicolas-Louis Durand created a book which was thought of as an architectural museum. Buildings plans and elevations were drawn at the same scale and in relation to each other. Architectural typology was compared and differences explores

The work is a recreating of this book, but in photography, stripping away the idealised drawn version of the world, showing the buildings how they are really used and how the really look. The photographs are printed at 1:100, echoing Durrand. They explore the familiar world, in an unfamiliar way.

An important aspect of the work is that nothing is made up. The people were there, the desk rubbish not cleaned. The work is taken in  informal straight way, then  formalised by the removal of perspective.

 

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