Disappearing Architecture

there is me & there is you

Daniel Müller Jansen


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The main subject of this photographic observation are different living environments in South Africa and their respective architecture. Fifteen years after the abolition of apartheid, “Gated Communities”, in which mostly whites live, and “Housing Projects”, which are mostly inhabited by blacks, flourish throughout the country. A selection of their characteristic architectures juxtaposes them unbiasedly. The focus of the serie is put on how these living environments are architecturally formed and on what structures and resemblances can be identified, with a look from the outside shedding new light on South Africa.
The particular light in South Africa is especially important for the serie – the bright, direct and natural light is defining for the appreciation of colour in this piece of work and is a key aspect of the photo-making process. All photographs are overexposed and digitally post processed in order to show the photographic images in their quality of light rather than in their materiality. It generates a higher lightness which underlines the homogeneity of the existing range of colours. This correponds with a photographic style that discloses the regular recurrences of the architectural details and features thereby similarities with sketch drawings and prototypes.
Minor variations and particularities, which progressively arised through the inhabitants’ occupancy, suggest personal stories in addition to the analytical approach.



© 2009 Daniel Müller Jansen
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