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

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.”

More of Vincent’s work can be seen at his Flickr page, flickr.com/photos/shane-vincent, website, shaneellisvincent.com. The ongoing Stand In Line series is shown, here.

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