Take a series of 10 photos of any subject of your own choosing. Each photograph must be a unique view of the same subject.
Carlton Mansions – Brixton
The Final Ten
This is a building I often find myself looking at. It is opposite Brixton Village where I meet up with friends for coffee frequently. Sitting in the gentrified finery of the now transformed market area, I was quite uninformed of the history related to this building. So my series begins with putting the building in it’s ‘original context’ of my regular viewpoint.
The weeds weaving in and out of various aspects of the external parts of the building add a level of untamed beauty to this decaying structure as well as offering an intriguing level of juxtaposition between the rural and the urban.
An element of aesthetics that always attracts is the mark of time on manmade structures. Here the rust, flaking paint and discarded litter are evidence of abandonment.
As I drew closer to the building my eye was drawn to the decorative script used above the front door and how this contrasts with the somewhat raw inscription painted on the glass to name the building.
The next area that my eye was drawn to were the adornments. The building has been decorated by street and graffiti artists. One whole wall has been used to create a piece of art work that now has iconic status within the area. I was pleased with how well the outstretched hand appeared to be linked to the leaves of a tree in the foreground. I also like how gradually the influence and character of the buildings residents is beginning to colour my view of the house.
I do enjoy the vibrancy of the street art in Brixton. The sudden flashes of colour against the drab, urban background draw the eye and add individuality.
This is where research into the history of the building’s use began to intrigue me. On arriving home I began to investigate it’s past. This leads me to consider again the context of these images. On taking them I am discovering more about the aesthetic, historical and functional aspects of the structure purely within the original context. But following on from my research and selecting my ten chosen images, I find I an applying the external context to allow a logical sequence to take place.
The building is of historical artistic importance partly due to the significance of the Nuclear Dawn mural created by renowned local artists, as mentioned in the plaque.
The level of detail in the decor that has been added to the building fascinates me, so many affectations make it a very individual structure.
Although the building is currently empty and has been since 2014, there are still signs of human presence. Curtains at the windows, litter in the bins and cigarette butts on the ground. There are plans to redevelop the area and restore the building according to my research. There are also several articles reporting on the council evicting the final residents of the property.
This is my final shot as it gives me a good jump off point to further my research, and it is the one image that suggests a multitude of unknown functions. I have always enjoyed the borrowed initials from a famous corporation that the initiator of this design used. I have no idea what the Brixton Bizness Cafe was, but from the signage next to it I presume it was used for internet use for and a drop in centre. Perhaps more research will illuminate this.