Photographer Barry Cawston has captured the essence of a post-industrial wasteland with his ongoing series titled 'Echoes of an Industrial Past.' The series depicts the town of Avonmouth at the fall of its industry-based economy. Crumbling buildings, never-ending junk yards and ruinous urban landmarks occupy the majority of Cawston's moving photos. The entire series is a strong statement regarding the future of a world that relies so heavily on mammoth-sized industries.
With 'Echoes of an Industrial Past' Cawston has given viewers a harsh but honest depiction of a collapsed economy. Viewers can take away a warning from these photographs, a warning against consumerism and capitalism.
Although Cawston's photographs are full of heavy sentiment and strong feelings, they still retain a sense of beauty. While depicting a ruined world, Cawston simultaneously finds beauty within the ruins. In this way, 'Echoes of an Industrial Past' is truly a work of art.
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