View from the Top – A Fresh Perspective

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One of the biggest engines driving social media platforms like Instagram and Periscope is the voyeur factor. Curated as these images are, we suddenly have instant access to the lives of celebrities and other people we’ve never met, with a degree of intimacy that’s never before existed. Join Kim Kardashian for some family time! And she’s looking right at us! This perspective is epitomized in Florian Beaudenon’s new photo series.

As you might expect, too much you-are-there vibe can have bizarre effects on folks. But French Photographer Florian Beaudenon‘s Instant Life series is an easy antidote. Flipping the script on vicarious yacht parties, and worm’s-eye works like Michael H. Rohde’s From Below series or Andrius Burba’s Underlook series, Beaudenon gives us a bird’s-eye view of distinctly modest, quiet, everyday lives. What he keeps is the sense of intimacy, even while he maintains the privacy of his anonymous subjects. A fascinating — and effective — balancing act.

This balance, this view from above, situates people in their environments. While these photos are clearly staged, the natural feel of the subjects’ poses and the camera’s closeness to them create an interesting relationship between the viewer and the viewed. We get a window into their lives that suggests how they relate to the space around them. We see not only what they do, but the context in which they do it. And we get to do it from on high, with an air of intimacy and knowing that appears one way.

And yet there is also a detachment, a removal that the camera achieves. We are getting to spy on these people from above, not quite scientists looking at rats in a maze, but something like it where we get to see them from a vantage point they do not have themselves.

 

From Florian Beaudenon’s Instant Life series — voyeur lite.

From Florian Beaudenon’s Instant Life series — voyeur lite.

From Florian Beaudenon’s Instant Life series — voyeur lite.


(via Chambre 237)

 




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