Urban exploitive photography seems to be picking up a lot of steam in the recent years, with numerous stories of photographers getting themselves into trouble to get their shots. Urban exploration is very typical of depicting the mess that people leave behind with not much more thought or conceptual narrative to back up the images.
However this series from Ruxandra Lacob comes with a far more thought provoking message than your average urban exploration. Ruxandra’s images are a perfect and emotional response to the stories these building would have told. All taken in her hometown at an abandoned psychiatric hospital, Ruxandra draws upon many dualities and adequately articulates them with perfection.
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The photos were all taken from the outside, looking in on the chaos left behind as they seemingly left in a rush. Through the use of double exposure, Ruxandra allows us to not only see the present day’s chaos and decay, but the viewpoint of the patients who would have stayed there, looking in, whilst allowing us to look out. This aspect of duality widens the time frame of the image, it allows us to see the past and present.
“I think my photographs depict the universe of double perception, giving the viewer the possibility to experience both sides and eventually, but not necessarily, choose one of them. I believe the beautiful chaos produced by the window's reflection is firmly related to the institution itself.”
Ruxandra lives and studies in Bucharest and despite being 19, having been given her first camera at 13 she remarks upon her visual maturity not being reached until now.
“I believe that your statement as a photographer has to be exposed enough to be understood, but not entirely so it can be explained exclusively through words. I long for an adventurous and inspiring career in photography which can reward me not with paper bills, but with creative fulfillment”