Jake Stephenson roams the Yorkshire landscape, producing square format monochrome photographs, which are dictated by their own restrictions and limitations. Stephenson’s work is about the tensions and contrasts between Brutalist architecture and 21st century aesthetics. Through rigid and structured images, he offers a utopian landscape devoid of wider context or geographic specificity, where glass, concrete and pipes are rendered as ghostly presences stretching upwards into the clouds. The 53.7996° N, 1.5471° W series showcases the similarities and differences between low-cost post-war brutalist buildings and investments in modern developments. These images critique the construction industry, as Stephensen comments: “I render modern buildings in grey mid-tones, which, inevitably, recall the poured concrete of brutalist buildings, thus blurring the lines between past and present.”
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