Looking up at the world
Shane Vincent's ongoing series, Stand In Line, is the latest in a long tradition of photographic projects that turn the commonplace elements of modern life into more abstract constructions...
Vincent has been taking pictures of the streets above eye level since July this year: of telegraph poles, lampposts, spires and streetlights, and that orange-topped staple of UK suburbia, the Belisha beacon (shown top).
One particularly interesting image is a view looking up a tattered wooden pole, which appears to be covered in a swarm of insects. These shapes are, of course, something much less sinister: they are staples leftover from years of flyposting.
In other photographs, Vincent's camera points down to show the subject matter in the reflection of a puddle, cleverly playing with inversion and perspective.
"The subject came at a time where my interest in the future, mainly a dystopian side to it was developing," Vincent explains. "The set was shot mostly in autumn, where the weather can quickly turn from blue sky, sun and white cloud, to grey skies and rain. This was used to express utopian and dystopian moods expressed through the abstract images."
the extraordinary in the ordinary | we always like this approach! bravo!
Makes me feel a bit nauseous.
Yup, I like them; they're interesting and kindof challenging and different; because he gets us to look! The mad army of staples I really like
Very like an old Partners &Spade book.
I wonder how many people wish they were doing this project.
I like them too :)
Brilliant pieces of work!
Wonderful Series! Each photo is so great. Really great idea for a project
Great inspirational stuff. It will be interesting to see them in a series of posters. love it.
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