Phillip Bennett Owen
BA (Hons) Photography
University Centre St Helens, HE Arts 2020
“Once a community, now vacant; this series of colour images act as a memoir and reflect the harsh reality for some inhabitants of people in Liverpool.”
Urban Decay will pose as the canvas of my Final Show work, focusing on the abandonment of homes in the once elderly community of Greenwood Close, Prescot. In this body of work, I look to create a narrative for viewers to piece together the remnants of a community now gone, and imagine the stories and lives of the people once there. Specifically, I aim to juxtapose the beauty that can be found in the abandonment – found in shattered details of the forgotten. It aims to question our modern attitude of disposability and act as a time capsule before this area is removed from society, to pave the way for something deemed more modern. Once a community, now vacant; this series of colour images act as a memoir and reflect the harsh reality for some inhabitants of people in Liverpool. The images look to highlight the increasing number of homes that are being rejected from societies new modern ideal, with large spaces not being utilized during a difficult time politically in this country. My hometown, Prescot continues to be an important part of my life, this time providing a series of images relating to the, now, empty community I used to walk through to get to school. A community that has now been covered in sheets of stainless steel, forgotten and left behind.
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