From the Ritz to the Rubble

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From the Ritz to the rubble, photographer Antonio La Grotta’s project Last Empire documents the decay of once glamorous Italian discotheques.

Looking back at Hellingly: Part Three – Chairs

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The Rec Room, Lounge Area at Hellingly Asylum, 2009  Photography and words by Billie Jenkins So many of the pictures I took at Hellingly were of chairs, many more than are shown here. As I went through the images I was trying to pinpoint why exactly I had seen so much value in capturing the […]

Looking back at Hellingly: Part Two – Textures of Derelict

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Photography and words by Billie Jenkins Maybe the relationship between photographers and ruins is a so strong because any place left unattended sees nature creeping in, and the elements begin to tease  thousands of unique details from every surface. Where there was once clean paint whole landscapes develop, and there is an astonishing amount of visual […]

Looking back at Hellingly: Part One – The Tour

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A room with a view, The recreation room at Hellingly Asylum, 2009  Photography and words by Billie Jenkins Recently a friend mentioned he was producing an article about the relationship between urban photography and derelict buildings. The subject took me back to five years ago when in one, somewhat naughty, summer we drove out to […]