These two images are part of a series I have been working on for a couple of years now. The series is called Senescence, which is a biological term meaning “the condition or process of deterioration with age.” The subjects I am photographing are not biological. The images are studies on the effects of age and decay on non-animate objects. But to me as I look at the various doors, sheets of metal or walls that are crumbling, rusting or peeling, I feel that they too have had a form of life in the way that they have fulfilled their intended purpose.
The subjects I take for this project have their own beauty in age and in that they take on a limited life of their own. I want to record the effects of that longevity on their form and structure. I feel that they almost record that which has occurred around them during the years within their crumbling structures and increasing patinas.
The two images show two different subjects. A weathered and peeling old door and a wall on which the plaster is crumbling but on which someone has proudly placed a prize ticket for flowers that they exhibited in a show. They were taken at the National Trust’s Calke Abbey, one of my favourite places to photograph and wander around and there are just so many subjects for the project.
The photographs were taken on a Nikon D7100 and a Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 lens.