They look like doll houses but they’re real rooms photographed from above. Menno Aden is a photo artist from Berlin, inspired by satellite imagery. He creates spectacular and somewhat surreal room portraits which he says are not only portraits of a room, but also portraits of the person that lives there.
Looking at them you feel a little voyeuristic, like a fly on the ceiling, undetected.
The process is fairly simple. Aden attaches the camera to a monopod and moves it around the ceiling taking about 150 images of different parts of the room and different angles.
After he edits them down to a few finals, digitally pasting them together.
Getting the angles right is a laborious process but I would think a fun one. Like solving a puzzle. Even he’s often surprised by the results.
Aden also shoots public spaces where the insight isn’t into the individual but rather the collective space, optimized to appeal to the many.
So cool! Check out more of Menno Aden’s work on his website.