With a new book and exhibition ‘unintended beauty,’ british photographer Alastair Philip Wiper presents an exploration of the vast and little-known spaces of industry. The work is a continuation of the artist’s fascination with symmetry, linear density, and the beauty of functional perfection. Traveling across the world, Alastair Philip Wiper frames scenes of machinery which, to most, appear to depict mysterious systems and objects with a vibrancy and a quality of inherent abstraction. In this way the photographer reveals the aesthetic and unfamiliar origin of the usual consumer items of our everyday lives.
With his series ‘unintended beauty,’ Alastair Philip Wiper reveals unrecognizable systems of industry and monumental objects of machinery. On view at MADD bordeaux, the collection depicts the results of human ingenuity which have been continually evolving across millenia, through trial and error. The images brings forth to the viewer an acute awareness of how unfamiliar these systems are, which produce such familiar items. in his book, now available for purchase, Alastair Philip Wiper quotes the late american astronomer Carl Sagan: ‘we live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.’