Thursday, 9 April 2009

War and the Landscape - Afghanistan - Simon Norfolk

Simon Norfolk

Simon Norfolk a photo journalist turned landscape photographer chose to photograph the aftemath of war - the devastation and destruction of the landscape in both urban and rural areas. He says

'These photgraphs form chapters in a larger project attempting to understand how war, and the need to fight war, has formed our world: how so many spaces we occupy; the technologies we use; and the ways we understand ourselves, are created by military conflict'

Norfolks photos reveal half-collapsed buildings, destroyed cinemas, and unpopulated urban ruins...... http://www.bldgblog/

Afghanistan, Simon Norfolk

Once a beautiful building, now riddled with bullet holes, a desolate empty and lonely place.

Norfolks imagery serves to remind us of mans power to create and then to destroy. What would have taken a long time to construct took minutes to destruct...a place that was once a hub of activity and housed many now nothing more than a shell with nothing more than dirt and rubble as its occupants.

The following link gives further information on Norfolk and his work.

King Amanullah’s Victory Arch built to celebrate the 1919 winning of Independence from the British. Paghman, Kabul Province."

Another image of a building destroyed by warfare.This time a magnificent archway that was built as a monument to celebrate independence from the British .. a bit ironic considering it was the British who helped to destroy it.

Norfolks huge colourful plates show the

devastation and destruction left behind on the

landscape and the environment, ruins of once majestic building and places that were once a source of livelihood. This image was taken in Afghanistan and shows the mangled remains of what was once a place of work, residence or worship… an image which leaves the viewer wondering not only about its purpose but at mans ability to destroy.

Another image showing the bombed out shell of a building. The circular structure symbolic of huge rings of stones from the past, smilar to stonehenge, which were used as places of worship or sacrifice. This structure however is not an ancient relic from a past people it was once a building which provided a livehood of a modern people and is now a ruin caused by modern man. ..the ruin of a livehood and a way of life.

For more images follow the following link

Burned out and blackened flats - this image is
similar in style to the work of Andreas Gursky.

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