Signs of Life

Signs of Life is an ongoing study looking at the impact that we as humans have on the world around us.  It will focus on many areas and its possibilities are limitless.

The first phase concentrates on what we leave behind.  The contents of tables in cafés, restaurants and service stations.  Whether it is our expectation that someone will clear it up or simply careless pollution.

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Isambard Brunel Car Park

As part of an ongoing exploration of the non-place I am closing in on several categories of space.  The view is to create a typology of non-place.  A photographic record of the world around us.  A world which we frequent on a regular basis but rarely think of as anything special.

In this particular instance I visited a 24 hour car park in the city of Portsmouth.  Car parks at night have always been photographically attractive to me and I’ve often referred to them as ‘playgrounds of light’.

The car park in question has motion activated lighting, so as to save on energy bills.  This feeds directly in to the notion of place and space.  This mundane of structures stands in the darkness while disused but springs to life when the motion lights are triggered.  This illumination converts that place in to a space with the presence of humans.  The presence of a purpose.