Roads to Nowhere

Roads to nowhere – through the late nineties into the 21st century the ‘holiday home’ market in Cyprus was booming! Whole estates planned, roads and infrastructure installed, ready for the overseas buyers wanting their slice of sun away from home.

Then the 2008 global financial crisis was followed by the collapse of the Greek economy and vast swaths of building projects were cancelled.

These ‘roads to nowhere’ still exist, complete with lighting and access drop curbs.

Been wanting to shoot this location for ages!

Non-Place and Industry

There’s something I’ve always loved about shooting at night. It’s that ‘playground of light’. This, coupled with my love of non-place, deadpan and industrial spaces, comes together to form photographic documents the likes of which many do not consider!

Queen Elizabeth Country Park Star Trails

Loving the clear winter sky’s recently! Snapped this beauty at Queen Elizabeth Country Park in Horndean earlier this week.

Handheld and steady

It’s been a couple of months since making the jump from a full blown, full frame Nikon over to the smaller, lighter but very capable Sony A7ii.  One of the original appeals of the Alpha was the in-camera sensor stabiliser and I’m quite impressed!  This image was shot on a recent trip to Seville, handheld and at 1/25th of a second.  Where usually camera shake would make such shooting nigh on impossible, the sensor stabiliser opens those doors.

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The exploration continues

The exploration of non-place has continued its journey through in city petrol stations.

As from a previous post a non-place is an area designed for use by humans but is not permanently occupied by us, examples include airports, train stations, supermarkets and of course fuel stations.

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The original interest came from a photographic project during my degree looking at the world of A Road Petrol Stations photographed at night time.  The fuel stations are an example of non-place and the idea behind photographing them at night time was to cause a feeling of isolation but also as a beacon of safety in the dark.

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The original outline of the project was the fuel stations had to be outside of urban areas and on stretches of A Road which have few or no street lights.  The main idea behind that is it reduces the amount of light pollution creating a sky which is an even deeper black thus accentuating the isolation.

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