David Schalliol captures us with his unexpected angle. His art involves architecture, sociology, history and photography. I chose to talk about this author because photography in his hands is just one piece of a bigger thing. And that piece helps to depict and analyse the context. Maybe these pictures, done in Chicago, will attract you with its aesthetics, but there is a lot more in it.
David Schalliol is American who spent a part of his life studying sociology. During the last few years he explored surroundings in the vicinity of Chicago, researched questions about locality, tried to understand historical, political and architectural contexts of the city, and interviewed local residents. Photographs added to this post are series of “Isolated Building Studies“. We know really well which part of the city is considered prestigious, which is suburbs and where youth like to gather. Probably every one of us has noticed that there are buildings which are like foreign bodies, they look like they were left here for no reason at all, lost their function, or maybe didn’t even had one, and now are serving a different purpose altogether. They are somehow different, maybe they are alienated, maybe abandoned, maybe reminding about already forgotten historical period, maybe just unsolved architectural dilemma..
Buildings that are out of general cityscape context are documented really accurately in these pictures. Not only they tell a story about every single historical path, but also remind us all that we should be interested in what is happening around us, what happened before and what will happen in the future. The main problem about contemporary architecture is that when architect gets commissioned, he thinks only about his project as individual creation, which has to look good, clean and mainly be wanted. Not many people think about general face of the city. At the same time photography only serves as advertisement and nice material for presenting the projects.
Exploration of abandoned and isolated buildings is very interesting and fascinating. It can give you a lot of answers and questions about society, sociality and local neighbourhood. Next time you hurry to your train station I suggest taking a closer look at abandoned places and spaces around you, just think what happened to it and what will probably happen soon. You will be surprised of how many ideas you can get out of it.
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