British photographer Mark Power returns to the dialogue between real and imaginary space that characterised his successful book, The Shipping Forecast (1996). Once again the premise for this work is a map, in this case the outer limits of the great sprawl of London as defined by the A to Z. Taking each page of the atlas as his guide, Power has embarked on an epic quest into a kind of local unknown, an overbuilt environment where all buildings look like ruins. It is a voyage into a form of melancholy emptiness where the energies of the city evaporate into a strange kind of inertia, conditioned by flat white skies and a generous expanse of pebble-dash. David Chandler’s autobiographical short story, written in response to Power’s pictures, delves deeper into this state of mind, drawing on a vivid picture of both the emotional and physical landscape of his childhood.
Published in 2007
28 colour plates