Afterward now

The nearby closed down factory is a conglomoration of three construction stages: A very old part, built a century or more ago, a fairly old part (about fifty years) and a comparatively new part, the administrative block, built 25 years ago at most. Walking along the south side of the site these various developments are laid out in a long line, several hundred yards long. The 'perimeter view' along one side is something I keep going back to as a photographic approach to these former factory sites, it's a baseline strategy.

In 2012-13 I was using software to stitch sequences of several images together from series like these taken in one place, along one side, over periods of years. After doing that it was a unique sensation (thrilling and slightly nausea inducing) to have all those previous iterations clear in my head when next going back to that location. The present reality that day was overlaid by those previous incarnations that I had become so familiar with when working with the files. It was like experiencing a triple exposure of mind, planes of years of time folded into the now, existing as a simultaneity. It was freaky and fascinating.

Today's shots were establishing an initial reference set prior to (presumably) those to come of demolition, clearance, construction and completion of the new housing estate over the next decade.






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