Lonely Spaces

Places without people. Lonely Spaces…

Over the course of my life I’ve been to lots of places and there is one thing I have always disliked and that is the sunlit towns, full of newly built developments with double-car garages in shades of pale eggshell, surrounded by green lawns and dotted with laughing children – everything in the same miniature box, the same little life and the same little goals. I take joy in the places after dark, when all is still and quiet and the colours of everything changes into something dark and mysterious. I have the sense of excitement or sometimes fear that takes over me when I walk alone in these places at night but I am still overwhelmed by the beauty and movement when I am the only one out. These places all have one thing in common, they were designed for people. Without people these places have no meaning, no purpose. Without people these places take up space, materials and electrical power. They are lonely, they are dark, and they are beautiful. I wanted to gather images together at night to show what the world might look like without people, the urban neighborhoods and parks left to their own doings. Shooting in the absence of daylight and seeking beauty in the dilation of time. Nothing is stirring in the dead of night, the motionless movement of iron and wood are standing.  The lights from the street are the only movement that the eye can see, it bounces and cast shadows in and out of the trees. These places are natural and organic but at the same time are fabricated and designed by a human hand that leaves it presents without a body.  These places, urban environments and pieces of architecture are alive without a breathing body.