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Alvar Aalto: Riola Parish Church, Bologna photograph © Thomas Deckker 1981
Modern Architecture Series
2020

Street Sign, Brasilia photo © Thomas Deckker 1997
Street Signs Series
2021

Luis Barragan: El Muro Rojo, Mexico City photo © Thomas Deckker 1997
Red Series
2020

Sand Fences, Blakeney photo © Thomas Deckker 1997
Beach Series
2020

Tractors, Norfolk Coast photo © Thomas Deckker 2018
Tractor Series
2020

Tenement Entrance, Dundee photo © Thomas Deckker 2007
Dundee
2012

Edzell photo © Thomas Deckker 2007
Edzell Castle
2012

Elcho photo © Thomas Deckker 2007
Elcho Castle
2012

Aerial Views, Northern Canada photo © Thomas Deckker 1997
Aerial Views, Northern Canada
1997

Luis Barragan: House and Studio photo © Thomas Deckker 1997
Barragan
1997

Xochicalco, Mexico photo © Thomas Deckker 1997
Mexico
1997

Elevator, Lamesa, Texas photo © Thomas Deckker 1995
Lamesa
1995
Rhodes Welding, Snyder, Texas photo © Thomas Deckker 1995
Rhodes Welding
1995

Chinati Foundation, Marfa Texas photo © Thomas Deckker 1995
Marfa
1995

Beckton Gasworks photo © Thomas Deckker 1988
Beckton Gasworks
1980

Kettles Yard, Cambridge photo © Thomas Deckker 1980
Kettles Yard, Cambridge
1980

Beckton Gasworks photo © Thomas Deckker 1988
Beckton Gasworks
photo © Thomas Deckker 1988

The Beckton Gasworks

Construction on the Beckton Gasworks began in 1870, undertaken by the Gas Light and Coke Company to supply coal gas to London. Production ceased in 1976 and the site, like most of the former docks and industrial infrastructure, was abandoned.

Stanley Kubrick used the Beckton Gasworks as a set forFull Metal Jacket (1986), standing in for the city of Hué in Vietnam. In the ferocious and bloody battle for Hué in 1968 during the Vietnam War the city was almost totally destroyed: succesful urban warfare necessitated that soldiers kept away from the streets and blasted their way through buildings. This recreation is the reason for the appearance: a simulacrum of war representing real war.

The ruined buildings, like most of the former docks - vast and gloomy buildings, limitless empty spaces - exemplified the Sublime. It was a privilege to have seen these buildings in this condition, between use and demolition; the Sublime has, sadly, disappeared from London.

Shot on a Minox 35GT.
Beckton Gasworks photo © Thomas Deckker 1988
Beckton Gasworks photo © Thomas Deckker 1988
Beckton Gasworks photo © Thomas Deckker 1988
Beckton Gasworks photo © Thomas Deckker 1988
Beckton Gasworks photo © Thomas Deckker 1988
Beckton Gasworks photo © Thomas Deckker 1988
Beckton Gasworks photo © Thomas Deckker 1988
Beckton Gasworks
photos © Thomas Deckker 1988