In progress: Turning the world upside down

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What happens if we turn a photograph upside down? With this project I’d like to challenge the viewer to think how we look at photography. We often get drawn to a subject straight away, but what happens if you take this subject away and confuse the brain for a bit?

With my often graphic style photography which are mostly (abstract) compositions of objects together rather than a visualisation of an object, I’m often struggling to get to the meaning of the photograph, why did I take it? Just because I think it’s beautiful? Photographs of ordinary things are taken by many photographers nowadays but when I take a photograph of a lamppost it’s not because I like that lamp post but the whole picture surrounding that dead centred object in my photograph. Yes, I make the ordinary extraordinary but it’s often not about that ordinary object.

Does a good photograph need to tell a story? Have an idea behind it? Or can it simply be a (subjectively) nice image? How far can I go with displaying images upside down? Abstract photographs become even more abstract and get a totally different result than less abstract scenery.

I’ve been interested in this subject for a while (here and here) and thought about the most cheesy way to get it into context. These photographs are all taken in New Zealand. You know, on the other side of the world for us Europeans. Where everything is upside down, no? Which makes another interesting point: down under, why? Why is New Zealand down there on a world map? Tunnel through the earth and you get to Spain. What if you place this place in Spain right against these points in New Zealand? Thoughts to be explored…

What do you think?

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