Archive | October, 2013

Jeff Carson – Empty Streets Liverpool, U.K.

26 Oct


I know this area well, having lived there for ten years, during which time I witnessed it’s steady, and seemingly irrevocable, decline. Some twelve or so years later I returned to record it.
The area is part of the former governments Pathfinder scheme, or, officially, the Housing Market Renewal Initiative. A scheme aimed at addressing a failure in the housing market where properties were considered unsellable and uneconomic to renovate. What the politicians didn’t like to say, though, was this was also a failure of political will and imagination, by a political class that was content to see solid and viable housing stock destroyed in order to hand over land to builders who would then ‘bank’ the land for an indeterminate time, waiting for more profitable times before they would build. All at a time of chronic housing shortages and prices unaffordable to many. Gone were the incentives to innovate or cut costs. Builders could carry on as before, rest assured that, whatever they did, the government would help them protect their profitiability. Resulting from a dogma that the market would find the right balance between supply and demand, then a recognition that it had not, and a government intervention was required, all to hand over the land back to the same market that had failed in the first place.
Mired in controversy from the start the scheme is worringly looking like it’s only legacy will be demolished houses. Or, as here, houses waiting to be put out of their misery.

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Border Country – Heeley, Sheffield. U.K. by Jawad Qasrawi

16 Oct Jawad Qasrawi

Border Country – Heeley, Sheffield, UK

This curious, windowless Sheffield building is the home to a curtain and blind maker. It is located in a residential area. and lies almost perfectly, and slightly exotically, on the 9th century boundary between the ancient English kingdoms of Northumbria and Mercia. A culvert containing Meers Brook, a tributary of the river Sheaf, from which Sheffield derived its name, runs underneath it.

I walk past it frequently. And each time I pass it is different: I view it differently, it offers different views, light and weather change its appearance, the owners paint, change and maintain it… To show the same thing in many ways fits my ‘anti-style’ style of photography which is deliberately undisciplined, untutored and attempts to be at least partly voiceless. The world can appear to us in a multitude of different ways, it seems a shame and almost wrong to depict it in only one!

These images are taken with a variety of digital and film cameras over the last 3 years.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jawadqasrawi/

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New Orleans Warehouse District/Arts District by Thierry Cariou

9 Oct

The old Warehouse District has changed a lot since my first time in New Orleans in 1976. it became the Arts District and  the old industrial storages have been replaced by Artwork galleries. But you still can find a trace from the past.

© Thierry Cariou (October/November 2012)

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