Photographs are extracts, in the broadest sense close-ups of reality. And when documenting architecture the difficulty of making three-dimensional spaces seizable on a two-dimensional photo comes into play.
The photographs by Sven Hamann have a different origin. He doesn’t confront the beholder with intense perspectives, but shares with him the beauty of ‘everyday’ architecture, particularly by showing facades. Because his subjects are not the work of famous architects, but ordinary residential buildings in the immediate neighbourhood, it seems that he wants to sharpen the eye for the inconsiderable.
“The chosen frontal perspective dissociates itself consciously from the common perspective. The goal is to inescapably freeze sight on architecture – to give sight no chance to escape towards perspective’s vanishing point and only vaguely perceive the architecture.”