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I took this shot of a deserted mall a few weeks ago. Probably this mall has been earmarked to be torn down for a newer mall or an upmarket residential project. The airconditioning had been turned off, tenants had vacated, elevators were not running; only some dim lighting remained and the stale smell was overpowering. 


I was not planning on sharing this shot until I attended a film screening of Hilla and Bernd Becher yesterday, a photographer couple, that specialized in capturing industrial buildings and structures facing abandonment [such as iron and steel plants facing closure after nearby coal mines were exhasuted]. Not that my today's post is anywhere close [either in concept or execution]. But the minimalism and stark documentary of their photographs urged me to post this.

Typology

I took this shot of a deserted mall a few weeks ago. Probably this mall has been earmarked to be torn down for a newer mall or an upmarket residential project. The airconditioning had been turned off, tenants had vacated, elevators were not running; only some dim lighting remained and the stale smell was overpowering. 


I was not planning on sharing this shot until I attended a film screening of Hilla and Bernd Becher yesterday, a photographer couple, that specialized in capturing industrial buildings and structures facing abandonment [such as iron and steel plants facing closure after nearby coal mines were exhasuted]. Not that my today's post is anywhere close [either in concept or execution]. But the minimalism and stark documentary of their photographs urged me to post this.

comments (19)

  • Chris
  • England
  • 7 Oct 2012, 07:41
This is a fine image Ayush but of course it doesn't have the sense of history that Hilla & Bernd's work has
Ayush Basu: Agreed. Thanks for the visit and the comment.
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands.
  • 7 Oct 2012, 08:29
I googled Hilla and Bernd. I can understand why you had to post this. Sometimes we regret, not taking pictures of buildings torn down. Around our apartment, many houses are torn down, each day we take pictures, to see it all happening.
I love the play of lines and the colour in your picture. I bet it was creepy. (But fun grin)
Ayush Basu: It WAS creepy, I was expecting someone to come and tell me that I wasnt supposed to be there
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 7 Oct 2012, 09:04
A fascinating shot and interesting to hear that it is going to be pulled down. It looks all very modern modern to me and just waiting for tenants to move in.
Ayush Basu: I cannot be sure but it could be around ten to fifteen years old. Thanks for the comment.
Modern buildings never seem to last very long do they, unlike the old cottages you you kind enough to look at on my blog today.
Ayush Basu: Quite true. In Singapore, its almost like new buildings are not permitted to cross the barrier of 30 years and the ones centuries old are gazetted for conservation to the extent that one cannot hammer a nail into a wall.
Quite an impressive emptyness! Fine capture.
Ayush Basu: Thank you very much, Richard
I've seen an article on the Bechers' work, Ayush - this would certainly fit their take on things!
Ayush Basu: I understand they went to the UK and worked on several industrial facilities facing closure, owing to the perceived threat of strong labour unions.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Oct 2012, 21:27
It looks so shiny and new, I can't believe it is about to be pulled down
Ayush Basu: I will try to drop by there in another couple of months and check out what is the status. Thanks for the visit and comment
Interesting shot and story, Ayush.
Ayush Basu: Thank you very much, Graeme
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 8 Oct 2012, 02:27
Well, Ayush...I am delighted that your were moved to show it on Shutterchance.
Ayush Basu: Thank you very much, Ray
this is like a modern ghost town Ayush... you have a great POV for this shot capturing many different lines and angles... i am glad that you decided to post it....petersmile
Ayush Basu: Thank you very much, Peter. I always enjoy the feedback from fellow SC bloggers
You caught the feeling of desertion nicely.
Ayush Basu: Thank you very much, Michael
The economic bubbles are bursting now...
Ayush Basu: Certainly a sentiment strongly felt
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 8 Oct 2012, 09:30
It actually looks brand new with all the gold, etc.
Ayush Basu: Umm I think my white balance was a bit off, but the place did exude a kind of sterile quality
I like the Bechers' work very much, Ayush, and agree with Chris' comment.
Ayush Basu: Thanks for the input! Glad you approve JC
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 8 Oct 2012, 15:51
Everything is worth recording before it goes, Ayush, and this makes a striking photo. I am glad you posted it
Ayush Basu: Thank you very much Lisl. Appreciate your comment
I love the colour tones and the geometric patterns in this shot. Nice one.
Ayush Basu: Thanks a lot David.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet
  • 8 Oct 2012, 20:25
They would surely need a good reason to pull it down Ayush.
Ayush Basu: I suspect the reason would revolve around money. Thanks for the visit Chad
It's a fascinating image Ayush - and an interesting statement!
I really like the reflections of the glass. Nice job.

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