Get Featured: Crunchy Spaces
Here is a very interesting piece of work. It is a project that has been revisited after a long sojourn. Yaron (Crunchyspaces) has gone back to a place he photographed 20 years ago to see how things have changed, not just architecturally, but technologically too. Check it out.
In the early 1990s, I carried out photographic project ( http://www.crunchyspaces.com/content/projects/the-last-iron-curtain-country-2/ ) predominantly based around the Silvertown area of London. When I recently dug out these old, almost forgotten, negatives, they had been sitting in a cupboard for many years, scratched and faded.
But the value of these photos is not in their aesthetic quality. Their value is in documenting a time and place often associated with very different cultural images. In the early 1990s, the UK was rapidly changing from being economically linked to heavy industry, to one built on financial services. Where the internet was unheard of, for most people, and new forms of digital communication were only just emerging.
In 2014, twenty years later ( http://www.crunchyspaces.com/content/projects/twenty-years-later/ ), I revisited Silvertown. This is an area which has been largely redeveloped. Although, some structures have proved too permanent to erase.
When I returned in 2014, as well as a Nex-7 camera, I also brought with me the same Topcon RE-2 camera and film type (Ilford FP4) that I used all those years ago.
I am a designer and photographic artist. After many years where photography took a back-seat, I got back into digital and then film cameras a few years ago. I use them interchangeably, as tools. I find the differences to be more like oil paint and water colour, than anything more technological.
Thanks for sharing your work with us, Yaron. It is fascinating to see how quickly London changes.
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