Matthew Brook’s work explores the transient nature of suburban and rural landscape. ‘Disappearing’ is about the gradually disappearing elements of society and their ephemeral nature. By choosing to photograph iconic archetypical elements of vernacular american signage or dated interiors, Matthew has chosen to explore the notion of constructed or artificial imagery.
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So much of the 21st century is in a perpetual disappearing act, its almost human nature to create things that are not to last. This seems detrimental at first, but it is the reason that we continue to innovate and progress as a race. Photography seems to stand as one of those creations that sets to defy the norm.
Matthew used a restored 1950’s Rollei for this project, something that acts as a mirror of his subject matter. Using a tool of the time, creating a system where the ephemeral content is documented by a cultural object of the same era. Exploring “a direct relationship between the photographic medium, the camera as a cultural and historical object, and the content of the images themselves.”
By exploring this, Matthew is contrasting the notion of constructed or artificial imagery against the typically found images of american cultural artefacts, “thereby interrupting this constructed sense of dated or found imagery.”
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