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Axel Breutigam


UBC CONCRETE – A different perspective of a Campus

The 15 submitted images are a selection of 33 images published in my newest book: UBC CONCRETE – A different perspective of a Campus

This photo book is about a different side of the University of British Columbia’s’ Campus. Not a high glossy advertising brochure but photos of a satisfying artistic scenery.

A University Campus is a place designed for people.
By removing this human element the Campus appears in a completely different light, mood and perspective. Gone is the hustle and bustle associated with students, teachers, visitors, employees, deliveries drivers and construction workers.
Everything seems quiet, empty and lonely all of a sudden.

Many of the older buildings were built in the 1970’s, not always appealing to the eye but to incarnate functionality. Concrete was the main building material – and there is a certain beauty of that.
Captured in black and white the photographs emphasize an atmospheric emptiness.

Giving space and putting things into a reductive perspective allows the viewer to focus on shapes, surfaces and the often overlooked beauty of urban environments.
Simply through artistic presentation.


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