Just Stood There
This show presents a new collection of Tokyo-based photographer Benjamin Beech’s work (read more about Beech’s stunning photography here). It is made up of images taken over the past seven years, mainly in Japan, but also in China and Korea, exploring forgotten homes, abandoned towns and failed bubble-era projects.
These are the wrecks of eras past, scenes sunken and preserved in time. Just Stood There focuses on an array of derelict or abandoned sites including schools, clinics, private residences and, in some cases, entire communities that decamped en masse. Rather than focusing on dilapidation and decay, the images are portholes into lives lived, transparent boundaries between observation and participation.