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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 © Thomas Deckker 1988
Beckton Gasworks
1988

Kettles Yard, Cambridge photo © Thomas Deckker 1980
Kettles Yard, Cambridge
1980
Aerial Views, Northern Canada photo © Thomas Deckker 1997
Aerial Views, Northern Canada
photo © Thomas Deckker 1997

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 1997