I made it!

April 23, 2009

Wow, I finally have a blog!  Below are some of my pictures from my Easter project, in which I document the recession.

Woolworth, London 2009

Woolworth, Elephant and Castle, London 2009

Pharmacy, London 2009

Pharmacy, Elephant and Castle, London 2009

cafe kilburn

Cafe, Kilburn, London 2009

Pizzeria, Hackney, London 2009Pizzeria, Hackney, London 2009

Real Estate Agent, London 2009

Real Estate Agent, Leyton, London 2009

Shop, London 2009

Shop, London 2009


Insurance Office, Hackney, London 2009

I feel that these empty spaces embody the disaster our society is experiencing at the moment. Of particular interest were for me abandoned premises, in which one finds traces of the occupier before. Some of the premises seem as if they just have closed down or were left in a hurry. Vestiges as furniture, left products or decoration allow the viewer to reflect on the previous use of the displayed space and on the daily routines, which might have taken place. Signs and slogans remind of good times but also indicate some (last) attempts to advertise service or products (“Buy one get one free”, “Your No. 1 Local Agent”). However, the future of these premises (and therefore also of the people) remains not clear. They seem to be in a state in between, laying there and waiting, that something happens and revives them.

Instead of focusing on individual fates I rather document in an unemotional and almost fact stating way. My style is inspired by deadpan photography in which the photographer attempts to be more descriptive than subjective. In order to present all premises also as naturalistic as possible they are systematically taken from a straight vantage point. Instead of capturing specific objects and details (close-ups) the whole space is shown. Through a certain distance it is intended to make the viewer not part of the scene and to allow him/her to stay as detached and critical as possible. Without being sentimental he/she is encouraged to reflect on the recession and the fates, which are inevitable attached to these empty spaces.


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