(All images by Lynne Collins, reproduced with permission)
In Lynne Collins’ stunning photo montages, nature reinvents dying buildings and rich scenes of life clash with peeling wallpaper and rotting floors. The abandoned spaces are shown in a way they’ve never been seen before – interspersed with extravagant foods and looming foliage to create hauntingly beautiful images which are entirely unique.
In her series entitled ‘The Trespasser’, Collins imposes still lifes of rich food and wine onto the scenes of decay, taking her inspiration from seventeenth century Dutch masters. The still lifes are abandoned images themselves, standing out starkly from the bleak and derelict buildings. Making a statement about over-consumption and wastefulness, the series of pictures (shot in abandoned mental asylums) are also beautifully eerie, often featuring large empty halls and corridors which seem to go on forever behind the arrangements of food and flowers.
The ‘Edge of Perception’ series transforms the abandoned spaces into surreal scenes of light and life. Rather than nature appearing to reclaim the land, the trees which burst from the floor seem to become extensions of the buildings themselves. In this collection, Collins has taken the documentation of abandoned buildings and gone somewhere new with it – a world which might have been; a different dimension to our own.
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