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dillonk
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How Lifestyle Shapes Architecture (Out West by Ben Marcin)
Ben Marcin's photography deals with architecture, structure, and most importantly shelter. Ben's project Out West studies prairie houses made during the Civil War. During the rise of the railroads expanding across the country, there was a creation of a farming boom. However, this development was swiftly ended by the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, which was a combination of record droughts and poor farming techniques. The houses photographed are remnants of that time period. While taking pictures of these prairie houses, Ben creates and studies the typology of architecture found in these houses. It allows us to compare and contrast the "not only the built environment, but the lifestyle and landscape that surrounds our domestic environment." Here are some of Ben's words on his project Out West: "The houses of Out West were built by people determined to seek a destiny in almost complete isolation. While the prairie houses and their surrounding environment are remarkably austere, there is also present an almost otherworldly serenity that must have given hope to a landowner now long gone."
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When I was living on the East Coast and driving through states like Pennsylvania, you tended to find a few houses like this, although I'm sure they're in much more abundance the more you go in toward the Midwest. I always found them a little haunting, but in a very appealing way if that makes any sense. It's almost like looking at a fossil of a time period and you start rebuilding everything in your mind. 'Otherwordly' was a good way to describe it.
@danidee Yeah I think otherworldly is a perfect description. It's kind of like saying a word over and over again until you realize that what you saying sound really strange and foreign. Subjecting this type of architecture down in such a way does the same. In a way I wish the photographer would make this a smaller segment of an even bigger focus. Maybe all different types of specific, forgettable architecture that we would never notice if we didn't specifically focus on it
That's a neat point you bring up and I would enjoy seeing more 'mini series' like this one all bundled up into one. @hunahuna
@hunahuna Ben does have another body of work (2 actually) one studying high-rises and skyscrapers, the other studying old and abandoned city buildings. I think his work as a whole works together well