Sometimes it can feel like skyscrapers clutter the skyline in cities worldwide, yet Bradford-based photographer Stuart Allen is drawn to capturing minimalist architecture and lone buildings.
'Urban Isolation' is the name of his latest series, which strings together a series of images of buildings seemingly cut off from an otherwise cluttered urban environment.
His fascination with this type of construction first came about [when on holiday in Morocco] (https://www.creativeboom.com/inspiration/stuart-allens-minimalist-photographs-of-lone-buildings-in-marrakech/). Still, he has since transferred this interest to the more local terrain, either capturing images at home, in his homeland of England or while travelling. He has since amassed a series of lonesome buildings dotted around the world, united through their solo stance.
But this skill isn't always an easy or simple snap of the camera – sometimes, he has to wait for crowds to pass and traffic to clear to get the shots he desires.
"It is not only very difficult to find these isolated buildings and structures, but also very difficult to photograph because of the need for few distractions," says Allen. "Even in the early morning, sometimes I have to wait a considerable time for the roads and pavements to clear before I get the photograph I want."
Drawn to distinct shapes, geometry and colour palettes which contrast with the wider environment, Allen also keeps an eye out for singular features (windows or doors) and bare walls - as these lend themselves most to the aesthetic he wants to create.
He's not exactly sure why it's a format that appeals so much: "I would say that it is the excitement and intrigue of creating something from what most are unlikely consider suitable subjects to photograph that I find most attractive."
Knowing that his photography is most influenced by Urban Minimalism, Urban Abstract and New Topographics, Allen attempts to focus on the composition of his frames to create interesting images. He likes early morning walks around towns – as this is when they are most quiet – to get a sense of perspective and see what jumps out. There have been many occasions where something has caught his eye, and he's had to return early the next day before everything opens up to catch the perfect shot.
"The main purpose of this project is to entertain and encourage others to see the world as I do by showcasing my work in the niche genres of minimal and abstract photography," concludes Allen.
Prints of Allen's work are now available to buy online.