A lorry on the edge of the forest, a street leading to nowhere, the remains of a petrol station, a delivery van in an empty car park – the photography of Elmar Haardt (born in 1974) shows scenes which change between aesthetic beauty and uneasy emptiness. The sight of car parks, supermarkets, residential buildings, streets and houses – taken in the northern states of the United States (Pennsylvania, North and South Dakota, Montana, Washington and Nevada) – are in a latent ratio with each other: they present sublime panoramas whose filled expanse is infiltrated by the bareness of the scene and its local vagueness. The photographs of unspectacular, nothing other than touching ordinary areas unexpectedly meet the placelessness of planned infrastructure.
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