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Martin Delaney & Lily Lucia Gallery

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  • Martin Delaney & Lily Lucia Gallery

    cdx-foto - The Tower

    23 Nov 2021 – 20 Dec 2021

    London’s Brutalist towers have become fashionable and re-clad icons of style and regeneration. Even as ever-higher new buildings mark the skyline, Brutalist towers remain able to dominate the areas they overshadow and to fascinate or alienate. The Trellick Tower watches over West London and Balfron Tower over the East. Yet South East London has its own, grimmer tower. Long abandoned awaiting speculative development, it is still relatively unknown. Swathed in netting and left empty, it seems almost too massive – or too bleak? – to register. Clearly visible from the main rail lines into South East London, it can be harder to locate on foot. One day in early 2018, the photographer stumbled on a direct route as the sun began to sink behind the tower. The stripped 26 storey hulk was flanked by crows on one side and – high on a balcony – a peregrine falcon. Netting ripped and dislodged by storms flapped poignantly, adding a strong visual contrast to the cavernous balconies. The fading late winter light emphasised the grandeur and melancholy associated with such relics of the era of the “white heat of technology”. The tower was caught in time, indefinitely suspended between utopian hopes and dystopian nightmares. In 2021, the photographer trawled his archives and virtually revisited a place that had never really left him, viewing it anew through the filters of time and exile. cdx-foto is the photographic alias of writer Alexei Monroe, now based in Croatia. His photos have been used for album releases by Eden Grey and Am Not and featured in the 2019 Sz. Berlin performance Towards A Concrete (Dys)utopia. His 2015 photos of the doomed Birmingham Central Library were used in the book Nonument. Entirely self-taught, his main photographic interests are architectural and industrial sites, as well as land and skyscapes. Follow @cdxfoto21 on Instagram.

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      The Tower 20, 2021
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      The Tower 19, 2021
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      The Tower 18, 2021
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      The Tower 17, 2021
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      The Tower 16, 2021
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      The Tower 15, 2021
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      The Tower 14, 2021
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      The Tower 13, 2021
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      The Tower 12, 2021
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      The Tower 11, 2021
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      The Tower 10, 2021
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      The Tower 9, 2021
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      The Tower 8, 2021
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      The Tower 7, 2021
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      The Tower 6, 2021
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      The Tower 5, 2021
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      The Tower 4, 2021
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      The Tower 3, 2021
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      The Tower 2, 2021
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      The Tower 1, 2021
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