Richard Whitlock is an artist, sculptor and film-maker. He has made sculptural, graphic and photographic installations in Moscow, Beijing, New York, Helsinki, Marseilles, Athens and elsewhere. In 1997, he exhibited in Ljubljana, and drew the view from the window of a cell in Metelkova prison on the wall inside the cell. His non-perspectival photographs and “moving pictures” are discussed in Joanna Zylinska’s Non-human photography (MIT Press, 2017), in Afterimage and in Photomediations Machine. He has written and lectured widely on the question of perspective in photography, and is currently writing about “anti-perspective” in Byzantine and Chinese art for a book to be published by the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. He lives in Greece.
Angles of vision can be explored beyond the normal reach of the human eye or the camera lens.
Digital imaging may have tied us to the computer keyboard, but it allows us to recuperate for photography the freedom and control that painters and draughtsmen have always had when reconstructing space on a flat surface. Angles of vision can be explored beyond the normal reach of the human eye or the camera lens. For the last few years I have concentrated in particular on the application of orthographic projection to photographic images, both moving and still. I have found that removing the conventional perspective has the effect of defamiliarising and enriching what we see: objects seem to pass directly into memory not as images but as realities.