Lost In Context: Photography series explores the beauty that's found in absence

Benjamin Haskins is a photographer based in Cape Town, South Africa. Starting out as a traditional street photographer, he began to notice repetitive traces left in and on "the urban fabric", which he felt compelled to capture.

Of the series, Lost In Context, he explains: "This series explores traces left in the wake of the private security industrial complex in South Africa. It could be read as a critique of the enclaved and fear-based lives so familiar in our cities, but of equal interest is the beauty in the absence.

"Each remnant of glue has been carefully and aesthetically considered, and read together reveals an alternative typography of the city. These urban hieroglyphics – part calligraphy, part Morse code – communicate an accustomed urban story. They could be read as wounds – the unsightly backside of city living – but I prefer to read them as an aesthetic and affective conversation in time and space, lost in familiar contexts.

"They are critical gestures, like a music score of urban liminality. The titles are place markers, points on a map providing an alternative reading of the spatial segregation and uncertainty still prevalent in South African cities." Discover more of this stunning series at benjaminhaskins.com.

All images courtesy of Benjamin Haskins


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