SPAM the 2007 degree show of the University of Westminster's MA in Photographic Studies



ivan de maria

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Ivan De Maria’s series of city scenes explores what can be revealed by photography, and what cannot. The vantage point offered by double-decker buses allows the viewer to see familiar things in a different, almost intimate, way, but what can be perceived remains constant; in a sense, there is neither more nor less information. London bus route 242 connects the City to Homerton Mental Hospital in Hackney. The diversity of the Londons in this cross-section reinforces the ambiguous identities of the unique but largely anonymous pedestrians in the photographs. Rather than a “decisive moment”, this restriction is due to the shift of perspective. The attempt to distinguish seen from unseen and revealed from concealed acts dynamically in this series. Using the genre of street photography in a new departure from his previous work, De Maria comments on the importance of perspective in the visual arts.

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