Depopulated is an ongoing series which explores abandoned spaces within and along the margins of ostensibly thriving suburbia. Shuttered businesses, dilapidated homes, these former loci of humankind's interaction with one another and with the environment have come in their vacancy to represent the duality of our inexorable mortality and our outsized and lasting impact upon the spaces we inhabit.
It is in these liminal spaces that the stamp of life is felt as both a presence and an absence, a floating signifier of that which has expired. What is a soul but the accretion of sensorial experience? From where in the arithmetic of our empirical narrative does this ineffable remainder arise? Can a place have a soul, an incorporeal truth which resides among and exists beyond the detritus of its inhabitant's corporeal being? How entwined, then, are the soul of a person and that of the places he or she inhabits? And how do we plant our markers along these divergent temporalities? It is often through omission that we are able to map something's borders.