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#363 at the airport

363/365 at the airport, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Sitting at Gatwick airport, waiting for our flight home, made me remember a book I once read by French anthropologist Marc Augé, about non-places, such as airports, hotels or supermarkets, which he describes as transient places with anonymous people passing through. They have their own logic, which seems to be rather universal. More or less the same schema can be followed to operate in them, wherever you are in the world.

I don’t find airports non-places, but rather situationally meaningful, evoking strong personal reactions. They are places of good-byes, reunions and beginning adventures. These red neon lights depict my emotions connected with departures and arrivals.

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1 Response to “#363 at the airport”


  1. 1 Susan van Gelder
    January 1, 2011 at 18:17

    Certainly looks too garish to be non-descript. I agree that airports are emotionally charged with the many comings and goings of people.


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