These photographs are not meant to answer any questions nor to be a critique on urban density. Regardless of urban growth rate be it fast or slow or specific to a particular society at a particular time the same questions fundamental questions arise. What do we as a society decide to keep, to renovate or to destroy thus making way for the new. How a society answers those questions tells us much about the underlying aesthetic, social, political and cultural values of a certain people, at a certain place nested in a certain time. What it tells us in not so many words is a story. A story of a people both imagined and real, dictated by limitations and dreams.
My intention was not to direct that story but rather make the images somewhat ambiguous in meaning, provoking the viewer to interject their own story and come to their own truths by personalizing the images. These are images of relationships, relationships of people to a place nested within the temporal nature of the built environment, atmospheric portraits of change if you will. For better or worse there is beauty in the passing and reshaping of history.
“…most art unlike functional architectural photography , is not drawn to the gleaming perfection of the building. What has concerned artists more is the internal temporal contradiction of buildings: the fact that they are built to last but are always falling apart. Architecture embodies the tension between the enduring and the transitory, development and decay, negation and renewal. It manifests the passage of time on material, and can thus be relied on to convey ideas of change and symbolically, the transition from life to death.” Kate Bush, Two Way Street, The Photography of Architecture