Geometric Space

Geometric Space

‘Place and non-place are rather like opposed polarities: the first is never completely erased, the second never totally completed …. The distinction between places and non-places derives from the opposition between place and space. Space, for Michel de Certeau, is a ‘frequented place’, ‘an intersection of moving bodies’: it is the pedestrians who transform a street (geometrically defined as a place by town planners) into a space. The place (geometric space) as an assembly of elements coexisting in a certain order and the space as an animation of these places by the motion of a moving body.’                                     – Marc Auge — non-places: introduction to an anthropology of supermodernity

As constructed architectural spaces these non-places are all the more fascinating because they are not, generally, conceived as high architecture. The structures are functional but throwaway. Yet photographed from the right angle these leftover concrete corners and subterranean bunkers, with their delineating white markings, reveal themselves to be deeply fascinating spaces.


About barryfalk

I am a self-taught photographer based in West Sussex. I photograph ‘Incidental Spaces’, places tucked away and neglected: edges of car parks, junk-filled garages, loading bays, abandoned spaces, vacant rooms, ransacked offices. These are the overlooked details of a city: architectural features which appear to serve no function. My images seek to capture an aspect of the city which is not willingly acknowledged. These places can be read as metaphors for loss and as such are suffused with a disturbed sense of self, what Freud referred to as the unheimliche: the familiar which has become alienated through the process of repression. However, when re-seen, photographed from a particular angle, in a certain light, these incidental spaces turn out to be resonant with association.
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