In a media saturated environment in which innovations in digital technology have made possible an entirely manufactured or virtual reality, the ‘site’ as evidence of direct experience would appear to be under threat. The manipulation of the photographic image is nothing new and yet the photographic ‘take’ still retains a vestige of what Charles Sanders Pierce referred to as indexicality, in other words the residue of human contact.
Towns and cities are becoming more and more space conscious. When a building has served its purpose, it is torn down and replaced, or stripped bare in preparation for a new function. Between is a transient interim period, an interruption between an object or sites initial use until it becomes reassigned or simply rots away. During this interval it will sit abandoned and decaying. The effects of time, use and man, although not always visible are very much alive. The sites of study have all had contact with hundreds of lives. They are explorations of inactivity, deterioration and abandonment with reference to the importance of the indexical trace and ambience within a space.