Photographing things that aren’t there (i)

Missing Buildings, by Thom and Beth Atkinson is a project which captures sites where buildings have been “removed” from the streetscape – perhaps by fire, as a result of wartime bombing, maybe even deliberately. The clues of the removal are there if you know what to look for..most frequently incongruous architectural neighbours or internal walls re-rendered as external, with chimney breasts showing clearly.

The houses are gone, the sites are frequently built over, so we are left to imagine what may have been there and to contemplate what happened to eradicate all but small traces.

As with much of this type of photography it would be difficult to interpret without the initial words, but after that you can let your imagination take over.


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