Photographer Sandra Jordan reveals the hidden beauty of unloved buildings
Grey, concrete buildings set against a dark, stormy sky would make many of us feel depressed, but for photographer Sandra Jordan she only sees beauty in Europe's Modernist and Brutalist architecture.
In her series Hidden Beauty, her buildings are those that are often ignored – although lived in by many – however, barely noticed at all, for many are just big slabs of concrete in their own natural urban habitat. In Sandra's eyes they are full of enticing repetitive shapes within shapes, different units with their own individualities, almost human-like, akin to the details perceived when looking more closely at a crowd. What originates simply as a mass then becomes an assemblage of elements all with their own intricacies and details.
To Sandra, "they communicate strength, honesty, rawness, rebelling against the norm, not pandering to society, quietly dominating the sky patiently waiting to be seen". There is boldness to her choices as well as the buildings themselves, often muted, always uncompromising. Her stark unflinching façades against grey expanses of sky sets each ‘character’ apart. In doing so she creates space for her buildings to breathe in their environment, reflecting her belief that we all need space to ‘just be’. These are not just pictures of buildings they are portraits.
Speaking of her work, she said: "I create images that have space to breathe – like visual meditations. I find simplicity in remote places and beauty in abandonment. I travel to escape my crowded city life and use photography to slow down and appreciate this beautiful world that surrounds me. Photography silences the chaos and offers me a sensory escape."
You can see her work in an exhibition at L A Noble Gallery in London until 22 October. All works from the series are available to purchase as prints. For more information, visit lauraannnoble.com. Or you can get involved in a workshop, taking place on 22 October – details via L A Noble.
Via Creative Boom submission | All images ©Sandra Jordan Courtesy of L A Noble Gallery