German born photographer Ben Marcin started late with photography: he was 27 when he bought his first camera. Already residing in the United States he started photographing his environment, focussing on subjects that appealed to him. Ben now resides in Baltimore, Maryland and recently created two series on abandoned houses: ‘Last House Standing’ and ‘A House Apart’. The images are straight-forward portraits of buildings who are beyond their glory days: standing alone, isolated and sometimes forgotten. It’s not the decay or vulnerability of these houses that appeals to Ben though, it’s their strength. From an interview with Wired:
Throughout my work there is a sense of isolation, but there is also a strong notion of defiance. Over the last 40 years, due to demographic changes, drugs, violence, a lot of the neighborhoods where I photographed fell into disrepair and entire blocks would be abandoned or demolished. But every now and then you see one of these houses still standing even though everything else is gone.
With this in mind you’ll see Ben’s work differently: it’s indeed quite remarkable to see these houses still standing, while everything around them changed or disappeared. Enjoy!
Thanks for reading! What do you think of Ben’s work? If you happen to find yourself in Baltimore, Maryland in the near feature make sure to check out Ben’s art gallery; The C. Grimaldis Gallery.