The creation of Urban Dystopia


Sometimes a project just presents itself. Unlike prior projects, where I was actively pursuing a certain type of imagery with a theme in mind, this project evolved organically. For Urban Dystopia I didn’t do brainstorming of any kind, I didn’t have to think of a theme.

As the photos were coming back from the lab throughout the year, it kind of grew on me. I did not yet know where it was going, but I knew that some of these images, although on first look very different, had a strong common ground. They were all breathing the same atmosphere, one of desolation and some despair, of emptiness, of detachment. And because they were (almost) all shot with the same camera on the same type of film, they share the same raw aesthetics that I apparently subconsciously was after.

And so Urban Dystopia was born. An attempt to reveal a growingly detached society. The project reflects the preposition that modern society is in a continuous state of detachment, and, as such, shows scenes of desolation and mirrors feelings of emptiness.

To keep their raw aesthetics all pictures were almost completely done in-camera, that means almost no cropping and no post-processing, and they were all done on film. They are a true representation of endlessly walking both the inner-city and the outskirts of Berlin and parts of Paris. Most pictures were framed and shot in a split second which explains their casual, documentary-like style. None of them were staged. They are an unmodified registration of the scenes that took place on my journeys through the city, and reflect a part of modern life in the city.

So here is Urban Dystopia, as soon featured in BANGBANGZINE issue 3.

Original post: Jan 15, 2019

Update september 2019: Urban Dystopia as a series has won two honourable mentions at the International Photo Awards 2019. One in the category Film / Analog and one in the category People / Street Photography.

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