Photography "Steel Mesh Landscape, Monotype" by Hunter Madsen

"Steel Mesh Landscape, Monotype"

  
    
Operating at a foundational level across the long history of Western visual art are enduring puzzles in optical psychology. From Giotto to Escher and beyond, our kind is ever intrigued by the tradeoffs by which two-dimensional imagery succeeds in conveying, on a single plane, the interior distances, shapes and volumes of the three-dimensional spaces it portrays.  
 
Some treatments, such as this monotyped version of "Steel Mesh Landscape," move all the line content onto roughly the same plane such that the viewing experience is less about depth than about appreciating accumulated densities and patterns.  

Yet in photography, this aesthetic flattening is more the exception than the rule. Most photographs thrill viewers through the projection of depth, by suggesting a window through which the viewer peers, showing a 3D space into which they could imagine stepping.  


TITLE - "Steel Mesh Landscape, Monotype"
WHERE - Cement factory, Richmond, British Columbia (2015)