Structure and decay
Children's playgrounds have, for many years, been symbolic of the frivolity of youth. However, as entertainment has become increasingly synonymous with technology, the role of the children's playground within society has diminished. As playgrounds have been made obsolete by digital forms of entertainment they have gradually decayed, leaving many cities and suburbs with structurally disparate installations.
In this vein, this photo essay illustrates the structure and decay of our once proud playgrounds, as we seek to demonstrate the juxtaposition between the playground and the world around it. Through the eye of the camera, with its angles and effects, it allows the viewer to observe the natural aesthetic of the structure and decay of the everyday object, playgrounds. In Susan Murray’s journal of ‘Digital Images, Photo-Sharing, and Our Shifting Notions of Everyday Aesthetics’, she explains that this type of photography, in ‘its ability to locate beauty in the mundane’ has been alleged a new category of photography, called ‘ephemera’.
These photos depict how photography doesn’t just be the beautiful, meaningful or unique moments in time, but can be just as powerful and meaningful when not typically beautiful, like a simple, rusted, metal hook.
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By Katherine Bineham (42459206) and Hamish Conroy (42455421)