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  • By John Brown
    Dec 4, 2007
    "My Review" The Darchmeister strikes at the hub of the new London. Evolving his previous works such as the Regeneration of Elephant and Castle that is in effect at this moment, the Darch obviously was intrigued by the biggest and most important regeneration in London creating the modern docklands today. The focus on structure is the epicentre of the book relating all the very different and various types showing the depth and the heavy architecture. However the Darch seems to present an empty ghost town with only a few pages presenting human life involved with the work. It's an amazing representation of what he describes at the beginning "From the hub of the British Empire, to derelict land, prime real estate: the changing fortunes of this area are still evident today". I see a place that was full of life now empty of humanity, the over expression of creative architecture is apart of now a soulless and empty district. The only devotion to the human is in images on a... More > billboard by a warehouse by an artist or advertisement. Strong with colour these images are set next to this empty warehouse, electrical converter and a skip, the humans almost seem stuck in time trapped and apart of something that will never live. This is also resonant in the way he highlights black and white pictures with hints of colour, cast iron bridges and propellers in red remind us of the Empire days of Britain’s previous strength and power in the industrial revolution and masters of the oceans, however now standing alone as relics still proud, yet forgotten. In terms of movement it flows well. The Darch introduces areas of the Docklands, simple yet effective. He also shows elements of his first person view as a form of drift around the area with two pages devoted to small film like stills showing his progression through an area. The way an object is not only photographed once but from different angles represents to me how things change as we walk by and see their place in a different frame. He is obviously aware of his framing creating a view and idea so by showing more than one angle he gives us more of an actual feeling we are there with him. Overall a well produced thought of book the only worry is the lines that break up the later pictures however he says to be working on this error. I like the concentration on image rather than text. I look forward to the Darch’s next work soon.< Less
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Product Details

Published
December 16, 2007
Language
English
Pages
50
Binding
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Full color
Weight
0.37 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
9 wide x 7 tall
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