Empty shops and business premises are a common sight on UK High Streets, but many vacancies are relatively short lived - the shops are soon in use again although in these difficult times, the new business may only have a limited life.
This collection portrays retail outlets that in most instances have been empty long-term, some for many years, some for shorter periods of time. In the past, all these have housed thriving businesses. Yet now, they are empty with many falling into a state of disrepair and dilapidation.
Each has its own story to tell. Some are completely empty, others seem to have stopped trading suddenly and appear, like the Marie-Celeste, still with stock in the windows. In many cases, we can tell easily from the old signage what business last operated from the shop. Others are a complete mystery with faded blinds or shutters and all signs removed.