Car Parks – Barry Falk

9 May

My fascination with car parks grew out of a need to expand upon my range of subject matter, from
specifically derelict urbex sites to general urban areas. As if to prove a point to myself I begun to
poke around the backs of buildings, wander down alleyways, peer into empty shops and explore the
ubiquitous concrete edifices of car parks. I sought to seek the same sense of frisson but in the most
mundane places.

As constructed architectural spaces these non-places are all the more fascinating because they are
not, generally, conceived as high architecture. The structures are functional but throwaway. Yet
photographed from the right angle these leftover concrete corners and subterranean bunkers, with
their delineating white markings, reveal themselves to be deeply fascinating spaces.

‘Conceptualising Car Parks’ belongs to a larger body of work, which includes ‘Transitory Spaces’
and ‘Incidental Corners.’ These forgotten and pissed in places are analogous to repressed thoughts
and memories. The images selected are the ones which best capture this ambiguity. It is this
disquieting sense of place which I am always seeking to capture.

10 Responses to “Car Parks – Barry Falk”

  1. dbugatto May 9, 2012 at 2:55 pm #

    Lovely images, esp the last one!

  2. Alexis Gerard May 9, 2012 at 6:11 pm #

    Really great series Barry. I agree with Dominic, the last one is the very best

  3. John Lamont May 22, 2012 at 5:45 pm #

    Yep, the last one.

  4. Philippe Yong May 24, 2012 at 8:26 pm #

    A great series on a great subject matter…

  5. alessandro ciapanna May 27, 2012 at 11:33 am #

    it takes a sharp eye to pluck the beauty out of the ordinary – very interesting

  6. Alan O'Riordan June 14, 2012 at 9:38 pm #

    What Alessandro said. Very impressive.

  7. Darren Morgan June 19, 2012 at 1:03 pm #

    Love Barry’s work. Agree with everyone about the last one.

  8. elzopi September 8, 2012 at 6:42 am #

    there is something aesthetically beautiful about these; i esp appreciate how they reveal the structural details of these buildings (too often overlooked by the very people who use them the most). great stuff


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