Großartige Fotoserie von Michael Vahrenwald von alten und verlassenen oder umfunktionierten Bank-Gebäuden. Die Folgen der Wirtschaftskrise 2008 kann man nicht viel besser abbilden, denke ich. Toll! Bild oben: „The Provident Loan Society of New York, Brooklyn, NY, 2011“, pwnd.
I am drawn to former bank buildings because of what they tell about our culture, past and of the present — a lot of it is simply being struck by a time when money was more local, banks spread out & anchoring individual communities, thousands of solid stone structures in the place of a handful of glass skyscrapers downtowns across the globe.
As I began photographing I couldn't help but register the headstrong optimism in these buildings, the grandiose way in which they were fortresses built to last— all that in contradistinction to what they're used for now. It fascinates me, that in their current state, these structures still project so much of their former authority. The project's not about what I like or don’t like, but about the how odd these building are today in a world where the aesthetics (as well as the simple facts) of power, wealth, & class have all fundamentally changed.