This book is about the loss of identity in the urban landscape.
Our built environment shapes our sense of self, our sense of place and our interactions with others. In cities, buildings become the essence of our collective personality; they are the means through which we enter into contact with a place and with the society that expresses itself in that place.
These images document the impact of a new generation of mostly undeterred and monotonous development on our social well-being. Older buildings, sometimes the most visible means of uniqueness that signals a neighborhood, are being displaced by metal and concrete boxes that have no distinction. The new construction is fast and efficient, banal and ubiquitous. The cityscape becomes a non-scape.
Tim Greyhavens is an award-winning photographer from Seattle, Washington. His images have appeared in many publications, including Camera Arts, Focus Magazine, Natures Best Photography, GEO. Photo Media and in magazines of The Wilderness Society, Defenders of Wildlife, Trout Unlimited and other environmental journals. Over the past ten years his photos have been exhibited in public and private galleries across the country, including the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of Natural History.