Michelle has long been fascinated by architecture, specifically buildings or homes that are no longer in use. For years, she has been documenting these spaces in the different cities and towns that she has visited and lived. After spending a year living in Barcelona, she is intrigued to find the amount of buildings in and around the city that sit empty, awaiting either destruction or a slow decay. This will be an ongoing series that she sees as only having just started. She looks forward to seeing the places that this project will take her.
“Buildings serve not only as a form of shelter or a place to keep our belongings, but have a life in themselves. The events that take place in them shape their meaning.
However, many times, a building is abandoned and stripped of its purpose. It is left to sit and have the world continue on around it while it slowly crumbles and becomes a part of its surrounding landscape.
It would seem that these abandoned buildings are dead, but on the closer inspection, they appear to have more life in them than when they were inhabited. They hold memories, the presence of people, and a sense of mystery that inevitably draws us to them.”
“Forgotten Spaces” an exhibition of photographs will run from September 8, 2011 until September 21, 2011 at La Petita Galeria, C/ Lleon 9, Barcelona. The opening reception will
be September 8, 2011 from 8pm to 11pm.