Words by Lula Criado
Alastair Philip Wiper — English-born, Copenhagen-based photographer — finds beauty in unexpected places. His locations are always unusual environments … I work with the weird and wonderful subjects of industry, science, architecture, and the things that go behind the scenes…
On one side, in his industry and science series, he presents a functional world. He explores interior spaces and captures the essence of buildings and infrastructure where science and industrial products are born. On the other side, in his architectural series, he explores the symmetry of buildings and offers an aesthetic harmony between the buildings and their environments.
In his fascinating last series, Avoriaz: The Enchanting Village, Wiper shows us the mysteries featuring the buildings of the small French village Avoriaz which seem to grow out of the mountains.
What do you see as the ultimate discovery in human history?
Alcohol. Civilisation would not be where it is without it.
Do you find creativity where there was once insanity?
I don’t think I’ve ever really been insane, so it’s a bit hard to say. But I’m sure lots of insane people feel very creative.
If you would have to give up one of your five senses, which one would it be and why?
Touch. It’s probably the one I could live without most. But then again, sometimes I do really like to touch things … I could still have sex right?
Empathy and apathy… Would you be able to work with someone like yourself?
Yep definitely. I think I am an amazing person to work with. I would give anything to work with me.
How do you cope with creative desperation?
And one for the ride, when do you decide that enough is enough?
It’s never enough.