Capturing urban ghosts

 

From ‘Once Were Olympians’. Photograph: Rik Moran

Rik Moran is a London based documentary photographer focused on environments and spaces, the memories that inhabit them, and the residual stories and emotions left behind. This summer, he published three collections as part of his Flâneurism series, a celebration of the unseen, hidden and uncelebrated.

The first of the Flâneurism editions, ‘Once Were Olympians’, explores the landscape of austerity and the legacy of the Olympics in Athens. The photographs immerse us in the 2004 Athens Olympic park, which now sits vacant waiting while private developers struggle to secure financing for redevelopment.

The second edition, ‘A Chronicle Of Current Events’, looks at hidden communication in modern-day Moscow. With heightened paranoia around monitored communications, contemporary dissidents of Russia are taking to the streets to communicate in ways beyond the digital realm.

‘What Once Was Future is Now Forgotten’, the third edition, documents the passing of the Heygate Estate in Elephant & Castle. One of London’s more famous built victims of gentrification, the demolition of the estate symbolises the forces at play in the city, and Moran’s photographs capture memories that feel ghostlike.

From ‘Once Were Olympians’. Photograph: Rik Moran
From ‘A Chronicle of Current Events’. Photograph: Rik Moran
From ‘A Chronicle of Current Events’. Photograph: Rik Moran
From ‘What Once Was Future is Now Forgotten’. Photograph: Rik Moran
From ‘What Once Was Future is Now Forgotten’. Photograph: Rik Moran

 

 

These three Flaneurism editions can be purchased at flaneurism.com

All photographs copyright Rik Moran and used with permission. 
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