The territory, its limit.
Photographs takes place in a precise and defined territory. The second and last belt of Brussels’ urbanization. It talks about the end of the city and its limits. Despite its precise administrative boundaries, Its territory remain undefined. Photographs take place on both side of the line, in this soft, diffuse, unprecise area where urban landscape is diluted in a artificial nature, controlled by men.
Precisely around these limits, urban and nature collide. The social, functional and spatial aberrations specific to each of these models are revealed. This creates urban situations where buildings, infrastructure and public space clash. These confrontations are materialized in urban landscape by infrastructures superpo- sitions, building juxtapositions, scales breacks, volumes games in various forms and materials. It contributes to the space complexity and induces strong and even violent visual contrasts.
Beyond these urban and architectural aspects, I photograph empty neighbor- hoods without inhabitants.
Occupants have left their dormitory city, roads suddenly stop, nature struggles. These peri-urban places are like so many others, they are timeless. Brussels’ identity disappears.
I am an architect and a self taught photographer based in Brussels. I worked as an architect in several renowned architectural office before dedicated myself to photography. Now, i split my time between commission works for architectural offices and a personnal photographic practise.
Through my photographies, i aim to question city density, urban territory, its boundaries in regard to urbanization and urban sprawling.
I mainly work in large format film photography.
© text and pictures by Séverin Malaud