About this piece:
Deconstructions and Remains is an ongoing investigation of abandoned buildings. These particular mages were shot in the vicinity of Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, in May of 2015. My intention was to create a photographic elegy; a meditation on the way history has altered the surfaces of these buildings and heightened our awareness of the impermanence of the present. Boarded shut, these buildings stand as artifacts; their brick and shingles holding on to the past as the forces of nature, sometimes aided by a wrecking crew, deconstruct them. The book contains 9 images, an original poem and an artist statement. It is printed on Canson Infinity paper. The image borders are scanned in old paper backgrounds. Each image is presented behind a sheet of old typing paper. The cover is a purposed one with mono-print collage squares. This is a unique copy of a variable edition limited to 2.
This is what it looks like in the coal country of Pennsylvania. These places are about an hour and a half outside of Philadelphia.
archival inkjet prints, monoprint, repurposed book cover
Barbara Strigel is a photographer and book artist living in Vancouver British Columbia. Educated at the School of the Musuem of Fine Arts, Boston, she taught high school photography for over 20 years. Recently retired from teaching, she currently travels and works full time on photography based projects that explore the way we experience specific places.