Room Portraits by Menno Aden

Friday, November 14, 2014 Permalink 0

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.

Image: Untitled (Kitchen III) 2008 - 127cm x 90cm by Menno Aden

Untitled (Kitchen III) 2008 – 127cm x 90cm

Looking at them you feel a little voyeuristic, like a fly on the ceiling, undetected.

Image: Untitled (S.E.) 2008 - 166cm x 100cm by Menno Aden

Untitled (S.E.) 2008 – 166cm x 100cm

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.

Image: Untitled (Anonymous) 2008 - 134cm x 100cm by Menno Aden

Untitled (Anonymous) 2008 – 134cm x 100cm

Aden also shoots public spaces where the insight isn’t into the individual but rather the collective space, optimized to appeal to the many.

Image: Untitled (Bar) 2011 - 160cm x 90cm by Menno Aden

Untitled (Bar) 2011 – 160cm x 90cm

Image: Untitled (Shoe Shop) 2009 - 118cm x 100cm by Menno Aden

Untitled (Shoe Shop) 2009 – 118cm x 100cm

Image: Untitled (Corner Shop II) 2011 - 120cm x 100cm by Menno Aden

Untitled (Corner Shop II) 2011 – 120cm x 100cm

So cool! Check out more of Menno Aden’s work on his website.

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