Kill the central perspective

Photographs with parallel perspective depiction.


A photograph normally represents what has been photographed in the central perspective, just as the human eye functions. The central perspective is the basic law determining the way we see and perceive threedimensional space, the world around us. This means, with growing distance from the camera or eye, things are displayed smaller and smaller, and parallel lines converge in a vanishing point. This is unavoidable due to optical and geometrical laws.

I wanted to take photographs that defy the usual central perspective. That means: parallel things stay parallel, and nothing becomes smaller in the distance. But it also means: the picture area has to be as big as the depicted object; and with growing distance, the resolution diminishes.

The process I used is a sort of manual variant of slit-scan-photography. I sequentially took lots of photos in the same direction, but always from a slightly different standpoint. I then combined all the very narrow center parts of the images into one. This results in a photograph that has parallel perspective - at least in the horizontal dimension.