Perspective and Memory in Photographic Images

Perspective and Memory in Photographic Images

Richard Whitlock: The Port, 2015, video projection.

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.

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Angles of vision can be explored beyond the normal reach of the human eye or the camera lens.
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