For her series 'Empire of dust', French photographer Amélie Labourdette spent a month travelling across southern Italy, around Sicily, Calabria, Basilicata and Puglia to take photos of deserted construction sites.
The buildings and structures some of which were abandoned decades ago, are in various states of disrepair. They include roads and bridges built in the middle of nowhere, parks, aqueducts, swimming pools, railway stations, theatres, parking lots, and even a polo stadium.
Labourdette shot the series at dawn and dusk, when the landscape is on the brink of consciousness and ‘the atmosphere seems to bring out the atemporality of the landscape’.
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