Room Portraits
by Menno Aden

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Room Portraits by Menno Aden

German photographer Menno Aden has shot a series of Berlin interiors from an unconventional viewpoint: looking down from the ceiling.

Room Portraits by Menno Aden

The Room Portraits include a bar, a classroom, a shoe shop, a supermarket, a car park and an apartment.

Room Portraits by Menno Aden

In each instance the camera was positioned in the centre of the ceiling to create an image that appears flattened and abstracted.

Room Portraits by Menno Aden

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Room Portraits by Menno Aden

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Through challenging camera angles Menno Aden abstracts most familiar actual living environments and public interiors into flattened two-dimensional scale models.

Room Portraits by Menno Aden

A camera that the artist installed on the ceiling of various rooms takes pictures downwards of the interiors.

Room Portraits by Menno Aden

The resulting images lay out space in symmetrical compositions that look like assemblages stripped of any kind of objectivity.

Room Portraits by Menno Aden

The views into private homes and secret retreats bring up associations of the ubiquitous observation camera.

Room Portraits by Menno Aden

The notion of surveillance is systematically played out by the artist to hint at society’s voyeuristic urge that popular culture has made mainstream.

Room Portraits by Menno Aden

  • Frank

    Huge Rip off of photographer Alain Paiement!!!!!! And a bad one too.

  • Daniel

    Same technique, but atmospherically completely different in my opinion. I'm sure you can find some other artists who had this idea, too. Besides, Alain Paiement seems not really known outside of Canada.

    Great work!!

  • toomuchcoffeeman

    This is totally the same concept as Juergen Chills' 'Zellen' series. Winner of European Architecture photography award 2007. http://www.juergenchill.com/photography.htm
    ..Or his 'IN' 2006 or Bordelle' 2008 series. Has to be said.

  • Alicia

    I like Aden´s photographs better though. They are more abstract and serious, less funny.

  • Wouter

    This is related work: http://strlen.com/photography

  • klar

    Polish artists Grzeszykowska&Smaga also did similar works… you may find this more interesting, hopefully: http://www.raster.art.pl/gallery/artists/grzeszsa

  • Juha

    Excellent! Great perspective compared to the 2D plans. One focus point perspective.

    If someone has done it before, very nice! but probably it already happened 100y. ago. Nice pictures anyway!

  • Vampire

    So from posts above, it’s obviously NOT a new idea. Shame, lol.

  • ponce

    Two words: Breaking Bad

  • Mustafa Ali

    Guys, who cares if its a new idea or not. Obviously its not. I enjoy these pictures, especially the späti one :) Maybe from a Berliner point of view they’re more appealing.