Call me crazy, but I love suburbs. Ever since watching US movies and television, I have a fascination for them. The idea of urban development specifically designed with space – both private and communal – and convenience in mind is very intriguing to me. And I love how suburbs tend to immediately trigger people; both in positive and negative ways. Some people shiver at the thought of living in cookie cutter homes, with neighbours watching your every step. Others long for the space, yards and convenience that come with a move to ‘the burbs’. And a suburb in the USA is different from a suburb in France for instance. We all know the images of violent riots emerging in the Parisian ‘Banlieu’. And in some countries, suburbs are equally crowded as downtown, and often poorer than their inner-city counterparts. My fascination is limited to the classic leafy suburbs like in the movies. What do you think of when you hear the word?
Levittown. One of the first suburbs in the USA. Returning veterans longed to settle so suburbs emerged in many parts of the country
The very typical suburb Richfield. Once a very dull and uninspiring part of Minneapolis, now a popular place due to its proximity to town.
Brøndby, on the outskirts of Copenhagen
Suburb in China. All homes are the same
Paris banlieu with riot police
The Amsterdam suburb IJburg, takes inspiration from the historic center, with houseboats, canals and back-to-back homes.
Gorgeous Tampa suburb aptly called ‘Beautiful’. And this is the kind of suburb I love……
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There is something eerie about abandoned homes. Especially if parts of the inhabited past is still there, like furniture, curtains or other traces of the times when people called it home. Photographer Kevin Baumann photographed a 100 of them. Each of them with a story that the spectator is left to guess or fantasize about. Was it the crunch that drove the occupants away? Or did they die alone with no family left to take care of their homes? I love this series.
all photography in this article by Kevin Baumann
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Tagged abandoned homes, Architecture, banks, cool, crisis, crunch, eerie, foreclosure, ghost, haunted, Kevin Baumann, occupants, photographs, pictures, spectator, USA