Lee Copleston's Estranged series, is an abstract documentation of architecture and decline that uses the illusion of the camera to create bold new worlds from the everyday structures that surround us. Employing strategies of distortion, blurred imagery, superimposition and double exposures, the work communicates an anxiety and discombobulation with the modern world. Transforming the hard angular lines of the skyscraper into soft unstable structures, or allowing the orientation of one building to obfuscate the foundation of another, the photographer manipulates our existing landscape to offer up new architectural possibilities.
The series was shot on a Holga 120 camera which is renowned for its unpredictability and susceptibility to mistakes, an important technical decision embraced in the work. This project is about anxiety in the modern world and explores everyday feelings of nervousness felt in public spaces, particularly environments consisting of high-rise buildings where tension can be felt amongst the converging form of imposing buildings. Abstraction is used to communicate this experience of estrangement without being representative of the architectural structures as they are. Double exposures, prism lenses and intentional motion reconstruct the world into views unseen by the eye and by nature that are both confusing and intriguing, which is how one can feel amongst the anatomy of built surroundings.