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.
I have been making photographs since the 1970s. In recent years the principle focus of my image making has been street photography. You can see more of my images by following this link to my website: www.peterbartlettimages.co.uk
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