About Dead Cities
Images by Mike ///
Dead Cities is a visual narrative that utilizes abandoned and forgotten places across the world. I have traveled extensively with my music projects and unwittingly explored the forgotten corners of civilization, which was the genesis of this series. Dead Cities is predicated on the question 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. I utilize literary devices such as magical realism and subtle horror to create a visual narrative of an alternate history and timeline 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, the future and the present; always unclear as to which one we collectively fall into. Industrial civilization is now 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