barry falk :: derelict urban spaces

A selection of photos by Barry Falk

multicoloured corner


multicoloured corner (2010)

checkered corner


checkered corner (2010)



red cone (2009)

mosque 2


mosque (2010)

elegiac - exit


elegiac – exit (2010)

sacred space 2


sacred space 2 (2010)

– Hello, Barry. How would you describe this set of images?
– Out of the seven photos selected the first four are literally the backends of town, what I Iike to call the ‘incidental spaces’. They are places which are easilly walked by, driven past or avoided. I present them as compositional puzzles: texture and colour and shape, abstracted from their context, become intriguing photographic images. The last images are what I call ‘sacred’ or ‘elegiac’ spaces, where I am using the light much more to suggest a presence or evoke a sense of mystery and awe.

– As a photographer, what do you find interesting about urban environments and architecture?
What usually attracts your visual attention?

– My initial interest was very much in derelict and abandoned spaces. It was here, in these places awaiting demolition or radical renovation, that I believed the best trinkets were often to be found. However, I have gradually weaned myself off of this obsession and sought photographic trinkets in the everyday: loading bays, multi-story car parks, alleyways, office facades, underpasses, pissed in corners, etc. I am always looking for the fascinating in the mundane.

– Which other photographic styles do you like besides architectural and urban photography?
– I am open to most anything from portraiture to landscape. However I am always looking for images which intrigue or unsettle me.

– What motivates you to be busy with photography, what is your goal as a photographer?
– For me photography has developed out of having struggled to keep up a studio-based art practice. When it became clear that I didn’t have the time to keep using a studio for painting and printing I adapted to making ‘art’ on the hoof. I am much happier now going out with a camera and discovering places. My intention is to keep improving’, I am constantly learning from other photographers. I am also keen to build up a consistent range of images which can be exhibited as print or on-line.

– Do you have a ‘dream location’, where would you like to take photos?
Gunkanjima Island and the Trans-Siberain train line from Moscow to Vladivostok.

– What is your favorite camera?
– My current Canon EOS 7D

– Did you publish any photo books and where do you expose your works on internet?
– I am relatively new to photography and have had a few pieces exhibited in the following on-line magazines and blogs: Urban photo blog, Native publications, Smells like human absence and Photo fringe. I also exhibited in the Brighton Biennale 2010.

A selection of my ‘best’ are on fluidr.com

– Thank you very much, all the best with your photography

11 Responses to “barry falk :: derelict urban spaces”

  1. 1 wilma eras
    March 5, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Brilliant exhibition. I like your choice for these abandoned places, the way you show their beauty in your compositions and use of colour and light.

  2. 2 mluisa_
    March 5, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    A very interessant artist , I love this exhibition !
    Thank you, Lina.

  3. 3 gherm
    March 5, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Dereliction is the word! I have seen nice pieces here. Thanks, Barry and Lina!

  4. March 11, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    excellent and fascinating urban reportage – thank you very much, I didn’t know this photographer and I’m glad to have met him tonight! congratulations on your superb work.

  5. March 15, 2012 at 6:15 am

    Thanks for visits and commenting

  6. March 24, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Great to see more appreciation for your work Barry. Brilliant shots.

  7. March 24, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Excellent figurative painterly scapes.

    This “biographical anecdote” transforms into myth, into rumor; new forms which lend themselves to staying power in the human mind.

    Thank you Barry andf Lina.

  8. 8 pannaphotos
    April 13, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    An excellent photographer and also a very interesting selection, congratulations to both!!!

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