Sunday, May 14, 2017

Under the bridge

J G Ballard's Concrete Island, a kind of modern parody of Robinson Crusoe, sees a man crash his car off the Westway in London and have to survive in the no man's land in the midst of a motorway intersection. The photos collected in Gisela Erlacher's Himmel Aus Beton (Skies Of Concrete) show a similar human resourcefulness in the shadow of enormous, dehumanising concrete structures around the world. In some cases, you suspect that the people in question have had about as much choice over inhabiting the sub-structural nooks and crannies as Ballard's protagonist.

(Thanks to Simon for the link.)

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