“Negative spaces” is an essay about vacancies in our contemporary cities. Man activities such as building and infrastructures or commercial sites and parking lots, are the co-constructors of our daily urban environment as a mutating landscape. The result is a typology of nature where beauty can appear anywhere for who wants to seize it, mainly through its pictorial dimension and the presence/absence of man. Those invisible spaces can be considered as lack of planning or failures but can also be interpreted as opportunities, fallows or spaces of freedom. Between those “non places” and “man altered landscapes” emerge a new pictorial nature, maybe the true nature.
“Fred Guillaud (b.1973, France) is a photographer, architect and teacher living in Barcelona since 2000. His urban landscapes shot exclusively on film are admired for their atmospheric banality and visual appeal. Architecture plays a major role in Fred’s work when he judiciously projects his camera to capture transitional negative spaces often placing a small human figure categorically in his frames to give it a social context. The resulting images are bright with a limited palette, patterns, and serenity.”
PhotoArtMag – 2016-09-19
(c) Photographs and text by Fred Guillaud