For the past year I’ve been shooting some really interesting projects for specialist contractor General Demolition. It’s given me the chance to visit buildings either in the last throes of their life or about to undergo radical change.
It has provided plenty of food for thought. On the one hand, it’s great to see new life being injected into buildings, and I’m always impressed by the fact that virtually everything taken out is reused or recycled. But there’s also the flip side, where fit-outs are being ripped out after only a few years, reminding us that while we often think of bricks and mortar as being permanent, our cityscapes and interiors are in a state of constant flux, at the whims of commerce and changing trends.
Anyway, I thought I’d share a selection of my images, converted into monochrome because that’s the way I like things at the moment. Hopefully they convey the slightly melancholic atmosphere of so many of these demolition sites. There’s also something archaeological about the way buildings are stripped back, layer by layer.