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high rise 
2009 - present

The aim of this ongoing project is to photograph and document tower blocks located in different European cities.

Conceived primarily as a utopian solution to the shortage of Post-war housing, this building type was adopted almost universally on both sides of the Iron Curtain. More than half a century later, these high-rise residential buildings continue to characterize and define the urban morphology of most European cities.

Despite the documentary nature of the project, my intention however, is to avoid the socio-political context of each place and focus instead on the idea of the architectural portrait and the ideals of portrayal. In architectural photography it’s common practice to portray buildings under idealised lighting conditions and to strive for ‘uninterrupted’ final images.

Taken as a controversial part of the urban fabric - both aesthetically and socio-politically - my aim is to achieve portraits of these tower blocks without resorting to the mediatised image of dystopia (stereotype) commonly associated with them. I also strive to avoid momentous examples (protagonism), as well as extremes in scale (overemphasis).