March 25, 2020

Can I look differently at the obsolete?

Martin Cathcart Froden, 41

Just before the infamous Red Road flats were demolished I set out to see if there was anything I could capture before these homes were reduced to dust and mica. The eight slabs, set up as affordable housing, poorly maintained by an indifferent council, full of complications, language and life until long past their expiry date, were empty. I wanted to believe there was something hiding underneath the cladding, to imagine there was an ancient technology, a bigger, celestial plan being implemented. I wanted to look beyond the aesthetic baggage I carry, and celebrate the tradition of building ships and homes, the difficult economy of arriving in a new country, and the simple love story which can span dark time and space.

March of the Monoliths, 2017Online (Glasgow Review of Books)