Gavin Pili, 2012
Background: Urban decay has no single cause but it generally results from combinations of interrelated socio-economic conditions—including the city’s urban planning decisions, the poverty of the local populace, the construction of freeway roads and rail road lines that bypass the area, depopulation by suburbanization of peripheral lands, real estate neighborhood redlining, or simply neglect. Such desolate properties are considered socially dangerous to the community that may contribute to the crime rate.
Process: As part of my 'Urban Decay' project where I visit historical sites and record its details through photography. This photographic series of abstraction in landscape tells a story using the element of time, light and history. In the process, I explore the visual, psychological, and physical effects of living among empty lots, buildings, architecture and condemned houses. A series of photographs were taken whilst being mindful of the time of day and how the afternoon sun adds colour, depth and intensifies the shapes of the subjects - in essence sculpting with light. I chose to use the bracketing technique in photography to produce hyperreal images resulting in vivid details and saturated colours. Abstraction comes in the form of close-up shots of the abandoned and unused machinery and its environment. Images were printed on archival metallic fibre rag with archival inks which helped the images to pop.
About Gavin Pili
Gavin has a background in finance and real estate before finding himself working into the creative arts and eventually delving into fine arts. His broad experience in the fields of fashion, web and print media, and jewellery and object design and manufacture led to him to start his Fine Arts diploma in 2010. He is currently undertaking his Bachelor's in Fine Arts degree at COFA majoring in photography - working on both digital and analogue photographic process, time based art, moving pictures and projection.