Alfonso Ramundo is an Italian photographer who has lived in Glasgow for almost two decades. Throughout his career, he has focused on different areas of photography but there has always been a constant theme in his work - decadent structures of any kind. As a child, he had a fascination for abandoned houses in the countryside near his hometown. Since then, Alfonso has spent his life photographing old buildings, showing them in their present form - often neglected and forgotten but with a story to tell.
He has finally decided to turn this fascination into a unique project, collecting photographs of places he has visited and explored. He is now ready to present this work, entitled "Derelict Decadence". The aim of this exhibition is to tell a story through pictures about buildings that, after serving our society for many years by holding various activities and/or businesses, are in time abandoned, forgotten about, and often demolished just to be replaced by fashionable creations. The subjects of these photographs range from business centres, hotels, private homes and anything in between. The inspiration for this comes from the same questions he has been asking himself since he was a little boy -
“Who lived/worked there?"
"Why did they leave?"
"Why was the building abandoned?"
"Why did they never come back?”
Focusing on Scotland and Glasgow in particular, all of the constructions have a similar story. They often represent remarkable works of architecture which have been left to decay over the years and have been completely overlooked, sinking into oblivion and taking with them a piece of local heritage which can never be replaced.
This exhibition will bring them back to life...
New Glasgow Society, 17-18 June 10:30-21:00, opening 16 June from 7pm