Laying on the floor and looking up at the ceiling is nothing in comparison to these incredibly composed shots, entitled From Below, by photographer Michael Rohde. Taking note of bird’s eye view photography, the German artist flips the scene to create these extraordinary photographs from an almost impossible perspective. Rohde says, “The view of the room from below the floor, to be determined only by a mathematically logical concept of perception, at first appears to be easily comprehensible. But then it quickly withdraws itself into a self-contained aesthetic, dynamic in its own right, and free of any structuring orientation system.”
To create the photographs, the artist merged hundreds of individual images into one composition. The space is disorienting and viewers will remain captivated as they attempt to make sense of each arrangement. We are visually led to believe that the foundation of a floor has been eliminated and are thus faced with quite the challenge of deciphering the scene. Objects that normally rest on the floor seem to be happily hovering in a weightless room and Rohde provides us with the unique opportunity to gaze, with ease, underneath desks, chairs, tables, countertops, and even a refrigerator!
Many artists are inspired to create artwork that challenges perspectives. If you like this From Below project, then you will also enjoy these aerial Room Portraits, a series by German photographer Menno Aden.