A recent series of photographs by German artist Menno Aden documents interior spaces from a light bulb’s point of view. The photographs are disorienting and strange in their flattened two-dimensionality – enough to give viewers vertigo. The dizzying perspective and composed symmetry results from stitching together multiple shots taken with a camera mounted on the ceiling.
Though Aden shoots familiar, personal spaces – a corner deli, a shoe store, someone’s actual bedroom – they become depersonalized, even sterile through his lens. A statement on Aden’s website likens his photography to surveillance footage. As our technological footprints become denser and easier to track, Aden’s photographs are a nauseatingly creepy window into what invasion of privacy looks like. Viewers are invited to peer into a stranger’s bedroom for as long as they can stomach.