How do we view the displacement of buildings?
This project of mine aims to ask the question that if something has been displaced, changed or even rebuilt, is it still viewed to be the same thing? Take a building for example, if you were to locate an extremely old historical building and decide to dismantle it with precise precision, then move it miles from its original location to rebuild it identically as you first located it. Is it still considered the same building?
I don’t believe it is. It may look the same, but it’s a mask of its original self. The building was designed to be built where it’s originally built on its original land. Displacing that building from the location and surroundings it once had, severs a large amount of its history despite it looking the same inside and out.
St Fagans do an unbelievably great job at preserving historical buildings. Their open-air museum showcases many buildings that the general public simply wouldn’t be able to visit nowadays if it wasn’t for the team at St Fagans’s dedication to try and preserve this rich history for us to the best that they can. This is my reasoning behind basing the project in St Fagans. Their dedication to preserve these buildings is remarkable, however, is it just the face of these buildings that they’re preserving?
All four of my images show four different buildings and how they look now in our present time within St Fagans. I have also included different stages of each building’s history within my images and perhaps even the lack of history. You will see extremely old pieces of images which depict a building in Its original location, or in its deconstruction/reconstruction phase or even both pasted and aligned up with the present-day building, however there are blank spaces where the history seems void in specific areas.
This is also a unique take on before and after photography simply because I have decided to show multiple decades of each building’s life within a single print.