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360°

2007

Architectural photography has been a frequent topic in my work. In this project my aim was to discus the functional features of the man-made landscape and the interpretations of these landscapes as seen through the lens. In 360°, I have revisited these genre of photography but from a different point of view. The aim was to question what we can see in a place that we have only experienced photographically. By photographing a building from different angles and composing a multilayered image of these different photographs I was trying to create something new that is not fully photographic. It could be argued we can get to know a place better by looking at it from all angles (north, south, east and west) but the multilayer effect creates a new unex­pected image that perhaps further confuses the visual experience. The space becomes more psychical and less physical - a place in our minds.

 

This project started as a continuation to the work I did from 2005 until 2007. In these four years I produced different series of work that were separate and distinctive but conceptually related. These series have a common denominator - the limits of photographic representation.

 

Photog­raphy is a media that limits vision and understanding. This is opposed to the idea that photography is a suitable media to document the world. While these claims are partially true, factors like the subjectivity of the photographer/camera vision or the highly ambiguous nature of photographs have sometimes been overlooked.

 

Finally, this collection of photographs was taken in East Berlin and the buildings were part of the communist-era public housing project. This type of buildings were prefabricated and assembled and can still be found in cities that were under the political influence of the former USSR. Strangely, by photographing them in this way, the spaces become more unique and distinctive in an otherwise very homogeneous architectural style.