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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
Alvar Aalto: Riola Parish Church, Bologna photograph © Thomas Deckker 1981
Modern Architecture Series
2020
Tenement Entrance, Dundee photo © Thomas Deckker 2007
Dundee
2007
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
Rhodes Welding, Snyder, Texas photo © Thomas Deckker 1995
Rhodes Welding
1995
Chinati Foundation, Marfa Texas photo © Thomas Deckker 1995
Marfa
1995
Aerial Views, Northern Canada photo © Thomas Deckker 1997
Aerial Views, Northern Canada
photo © Thomas Deckker 1975
Aerial Views, Northern Canada
These photographs chart the emergence of the gridded agricultural landscape in the Canadian Shield in North-Western Canada. The Canadian Shield is an almost flat area of glaciated Precambrian rock, punctuated with lakes and swamps. The soil is too thin to support agriculture, which can only become viable on the edges, and forests are sporadic. As the Shield transitions to prairie, the gridded agricultural landscape transitions from being islands in a sea of rock to a gridded sea containing the remnants of rocky islands. These patches of gridded agricultural landscape embody and represent the emergence of civilisation itself.

Shot on Kodachrome 25.
Aerial Views, Northern Canada photo © Thomas Deckker 1997
Aerial Views, Northern Canada photo © Thomas Deckker 1997
Aerial Views, Northern Canada
photo © Thomas Deckker 1975