With any civilisation, there are parts and pieces that change, and others that don’t. This can be for any length of time, or of any scale. There is something strange about how these pieces are forgotten or just accepted as part of a society. A question of time comes into play here, seeing the same sights each day may mean that we do not notice the smaller changes. The following images are some of these slowly changing artefacts spotted throughout the city of Lincoln.
Something I have come to notice about the changes in our cities and towns is that nature’s slow process, compared to our quick method of changing landscapes, goes almost unnoticed. A case of Tortoise and the Hare comes into play here, on the timescale of our world, in which nature has always been present, the time that the landscape has changed for our needs is the blink of the eye.
I feel trees are a smaller scale of this, we fail to notice the changes in the foliage in our parks, at the side of roads or in our gardens. This change goes unnoticed until damage is brought around through falling branches, the breaking of power lines or a change in view. The changing seasons brought an eerie colour to this tree that stood out for me.
The amalgamation of structures is becoming less and less prominent nowadays, with constraints around health and safety halting buildings being too close together, or causing the destruction of protected areas. Relics of previous times when these regulations were not enforced or even dreamt of are still seen in listed buildings. This alleyway caught my attention due to its reminiscence of a western-style town, but also the many different eras of buildings, styles and uses throughout.
Human function is to make use of what we have, particularly when any form of constraint is prevalent. Of course, with any amount of money or valuable commodity, these constraints can be removed, however, for most of us, we do not possess enough of these commodities, nor see a value in changing what we have. This pathway, although originally for pedestrian use, has now become a dump for waste that is waiting to be collected. There seems to be a lack of use of the pathway, as well as a lack of concern from those dumping the rubbish in the first place.
Buildings that have previously been built, and now have had a change in use, or a required alteration can only be seen as one of two things; as something that stands out compared to its previous use; or the change is carried out respectfully of the original structure. This seems to be one of the former examples. A building that has likely been built in the early 20th century, or possibly earlier, now features windows and fittings from a more recent time, with nothing more than functionality in mind.
Despite many structures having one use, or even areas having no use whatsoever, attractive aspects are still created. This alleyway leads to the fire-escapes and access routes of many buildings, however, a lack of use has still created a perspective effect that certainly bought my attention. The lines of the car park building on the right, and a neighbouring wall on the left bring attention towards the plate metal at the end of the pathway.
Practicality and function take precedence in most of our buildings. As much as this ethic is now changing to sustainability and form in modern and profitable areas, this style of solely practical uses is still going to be prevalent until the buildings are brought down and the areas are rejuvenated. The corner of two buildings created a near-perfect alignment, as well as, an obscure sight when brought together.
Something which greatly puzzled me about this doorway was the lack of attention brought to the date. With no significance of what the date referred to, to what or who the denouement was for, nor why this door or letterbox meant so much in relation to this date. Of course, someone will know why these markings are here, however, it evidently didn’t mean enough for others to remember it in their absence or for those relating to it to continue remembering it.
Will our civilisation continue to change at the same rate or an increased rate? If so, how many of the small changes will be remembered amongst the larger changes of a society.