urban decay

brief : The urban landscape has many dark secrets, one of those is the dereliction and dilapidation of a previously inhabited urban existence.
As cities have grown and economies developed, some areas have suffered. The result is nature fighting back to reclaim land that was once taken from it.
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Urban decay was the feature that initially got me interested in photographing the urban landscape. I have recently returned to this area, which unlike my other work, does not show a visible human aspect; instead it communicates evidence of a previous human existence.
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This black and white photography works well on an aesthetic level as it can be readily compared to landscape photography, but also works conceptually by focusing on man made dereliction and dilapidation - the ‘ruins’ of a previously inhabited urban existence.
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influences : Zones of Exclusion and Metropolis - Robert Polidori / Manchester & Salford - Shirley Baker / Tom Wood / The Bechers / Andreas Gursky
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equipment : Contax G2, 21mm Biogon Lens, 35-70mm Vario Sonnar Lens, Ilford HP5 black and white photography film

keywords : black and white photography, photo, photos, picture, pictures, urban decay, urban landscape, urban renewal, urban photography, alcatraz, alcatraz prison, Robert Polidori, Tom Wood, the Bechers, Andreas Gursky, black and white photography



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