the V - view
14×14 cm, 36 pages, handbound
Run of 100 copies
printed on Munken cream
Concept & Design: Alessandra D‘Intino
V is the shape of the visual cone. V is the name of my cat - her name is Vienna, but I call her V. The visual field of the human eye spans approximately 120 degrees. The visual field of a cat has about 140 degrees: not a big difference. In photography, the field of view refers to the part of the world that is visible through the camera from a particular position or orientation in space. The visual world of my cat consists of two windows, one street and the building in front of our flat: a quite limited vision of the world. During the last year, my cat has been taking photographs thanks to a remote shutter release placed on the windowsill. No intention lay behind them; every single picture was taken by chance. In March 2020, during the lockdown due to spread of covid-19, the V-cat and I were suddenly forced to share exactly the same visual world. I started to reflect on the field of view in photography and the selection by photographers of a particular perspective of the world. I decided to edit those pictures and make a story out of them. Would my point of view, influenced by my interpretation, be so different from my cat’s? Is that selected piece of the world a choice or a coincidence? Is that cropped square of reality an intention, or a subjective interpretation? How do you feel about that V-view?