This next series of images were shot in London,UK a number of years back. After stumbling upon this first image one evening I embarked on a series of images depicting the vandalism of telephone boxes/kiosks around the city.
While shooting the series it got me thinking about these specific acts of vandalism. Sometimes the boxes were smashed from the outside in, and sometimes they were smashed from the inside out.
Those boxes that were smashed from the outside-in I wrote off as simple acts of vandalism and I usually found the rocks, stones or bricks that were used to do the damage. But those boxes that were smashed from the outside-in left me wondering if the telephone inside was the catalyst for the destruction. Had the conversations held on those telephones resulted in an outburst of anger and/or rage leaving the box destroyed?
Also, I revisited the sites of the vandalism and noticed how those boxes vandalised in more affluent areas quickly had their glass replaced while those in less affluent areas were often left for weeks, even indefinitely, before any such repairs were made. Interest or neglect by local people or governing councils lack of public funding and services?
Cellular technology has almost consigned these pieces of street furniture to our past so I’m glad that I have documented these telephone boxes as part of our communication history. Although vandalised, I think I’ve shown them in a good light. More to follow……..