What if you could see the world from an overhead perspective similar to playing a video game like The Sims
? The unique view is the focus of photographer Menno Aden's photo series titled, "Room Portraits", showing various mundane home and private business spaces from an overhead we rarely see in the real world.
Through challenging camera angles Menno Aden abstracts most familiar actual living environments and public interiors flattened into two-dimensional scale models. A camera that the artist installed on the ceiling of various rooms takes pictures of the interiors downwards. 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 society's voyeuristic urge hint at that popular culture has made mainstream.
(Images: Menno Aden)