About Dead Cities
Images by Mike ///
For the past several years I’ve developed an ongoing body of work entitled Dead Cities, which is a documentation of abandoned and forgotten places across the world. I have traveled extensively with my musical projects and have set time aside on each trip to work on this photography series. Dead Cities is predicated on the idea that if humans collectively disappeared suddenly and mysteriously, what would the world look like without us?
My work documents houses, schools, factories, military facilities, zoos and everything that has been cast aside and forgotten. When I photograph an area I’m very careful not to tamper with the already existing atmosphere; I leave whatever I find exactly as it had been for both ethical and artistic reasons. I utilize literary devices such as magical realism and subtle horror to create a visual narrative of an alternate history of the world, one that exists without humans.
This body of work stands as an abnegation to the idea that desolation is inherently distressing. As nature reclaims these forgotten places we slip further into the fog of the past and our civilization is fully enveloped in the wild embrace of chaos.
"Columbus sailed the Atlantic, the first steam engines tottered into motion, the British squares stood firm under the French guns at Waterloo, the one-eyed scoundrels of the nineteenth century praised God and filled their pockets; and this is where it all led — to labyrinthine slums and dark back kitchens with sickly, aging people creeping round and round them like blackbeetles." - George Orwell, The Road to Wigan Pier