In his new print series Basilicas though, Johnson turns the lens firmly on the camera itself, with bold graphic works that highlight the strangely architectural nature of cameras.
Basilicas is an ongoing series and currently comprises nine classic camera designs, including Leica, Mamiya, Hasselblad and Olympus.
The Basilicas title is a nod to the similarity between the camera structures and cathedrals. Both feature towering lenses/spires and dark chambers. And both, according to the artist’s blurb ‘capture people – one in a moment in time, the other in reverential awe.’
Basilicas, by Adrian Johnson, is at Kemistry Gallery, 43 Charlotte Street, London EC2A, from 25-27 July.