About the Book
From Above is a portfolio of photographs based on a successful MA Photography major project completed in 2008 that researched the concept of taking photographic images exclusively looking down "from above", and the effect of this perspective on perception.
The images in the portfolio draw inspiration from the photographers of the New Movement in Photography of the 1930’s where the development of the miniature hand held camera allowed the flexibility to capture images from previously inaccessible locations and angles.
Initially appealing was the way an elevated viewpoint can isolate and expose an almost abstract quality to what are often familiar objects; however the new perspective also revealed that there would often be a commonality of shape, pattern or form between very diverse subjects that had previously been invisible from a more normal viewpoint.
The desire to retain this relationship between the images in the final portfolio resulted in them being presented as non narrative sequences.
These sequences I refer to as Transitions: - the act of passing from one state or place to the next.
Nigel Richards, March 2009
In 2008 Nigel Richards graduated from DeMontfort University with an MA in Photography. He wanted to learn how to focus his photographic thoughts and had the desire to create a major body of work, the MA gave him the opportunity and his first book of photographs - From Above, was the result.