As promised before I would like to present the work of the participants of my latest workshop, which are two in numbers; first an eWorkshop that was running over eight weeks during spring and then secondly a regular photo workshop in Villajoyosa, Spain, running over one week in May. I will alternate the presentations between the two workshops.
As the first to go I am very happy to present Linda Paul’s personal photo project about decay and abandonment. She participated in the eWorkshop and showed some amazing development during the eight weeks, which I think is right to say, all culminated in this project. Linda Paul directed her camera to the open plains of Idaho where leftovers from man and rural societies were her focus. She brings an aesthetic that particularly in the photos of details is quiet and reflective. We see sadness in the remnants of what was once elements of people’s lives, but at the same time she shows us the beauty in the decay. It’s as if people could appear again at any time, pick up the pieces and continue their simple life. Yet, we feel the absolute abandonment, these are lives that have been lived, these are objects that will never shine again, except as remainders in Linda Paul’s beautiful images. Through the way she has processed the images we are transcended to a time long gone, we feel a longing and melancholy, as if it’s our own past we look down upon.
The pictures shown here are only a few representative examples from Linda Paul’s project. Go to Linda’s post Looking at time through a lens for more pictures. What do you think about the images? What emotions do they evoke in you?