Gas Station #3 23/3/17

Photographermark Purdom
PrizeHonorable Mention
City/CountryHamilton, New Zealand
Photo Date2017
Entry Description

‘If a place can be defined as relational, historical and concerned with identity, then a space which cannot be defined as relational, or historical, or concerned with identity will be a non-place.’ The French anthropologist Marc Augé, in his influential book Non-Places: An Introduction to an Anthropology of Supermodernity, cited examples of transient “non-place” as including airport lounges, supermarkets, shopping malls, and gas stations etc. In the work Gas Station #3, 23/3/17. I have attempted to abstract the building from its surroundings, to heighten the disconnect from place to non-place. Often in my photography, there is a tension between what the photographs describe and what they reveal. I am exploiting the potential of photography’s indexicality - when it is at its most factual, is often when it is most obscure. Marc Augé, Non-Places: An Introduction to Anthropology of Supermodernity, 1995, Verso.

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