As a photographer I have always been fascinated with the poetics of abandoned and decaying architectural spaces. Especially those that are inaccessible to most people; tunnels, empty factories and industrial sites. Places that have over time developed a unique patina, a poetic resonance that is distinguished not only by the physical manifestations of decay and aging but also by a history only imagined. I am interested in the transitory nature of these ruins, the flux and chemistry of change; the notion of entropy and the chaotic markings of time that transform and reinvent these spaces. The photographs I hope also act as a metaphor, inviting the viewer to contemplate the duality of modern society.

In the summer of 1983 I began a ten year adventure photographing what I like to describe as contemporary urban ruins. I discovered these mysterious hidden spaces through a process of serendipity and subversion. Armed with an old Linhof 6X9 camera, tripod, knapsack and flashlight I would surreptitiously crawl under fences, force open doors and climb onto rooftops to gain access. Then spend hours exploring and photographing while sometimes meeting the unfortunate and dispossessed who made these places their home.

The "Contemporary Ruins" series was photographed mostly in Ottawa and Montreal. The original photographs are black and white, and archival printed on fiber based paper. Exploration, infiltration, selection and camera work play an integral part in the completion of the finished images. I intend to eventually publish this work and have designed the web site to be read like a book. I hope you discover something interesting and out of the ordinary. Navigate to the photographs using the buttons below ................ Raymond Roy.