Anthony Reed 


“Deserts possess a particular magic, since they have exhausted their own futures, and are thus free of time. Anything erected there, a city, a pyramid, a motel, stands outside time.“

― J.G. Ballard, The Atrocity Exhibition

A photographic series by Anthony Reed 

Remnants of failed developments still litter the harsh arid outskirts of Ordos. Abandoned projects in the desert, incomplete concrete structures slowly retaken by the environment, manifestations of both economic and environmental volatility. Contemporary art museums, 80,000 seater stadiums, brand new hospitals all sit vacant as if silently waiting for a future world to materialise around them. It is alienating to experience these ‘not yet abandoned not yet inhabited’ corners of the city. An unworldly environment more reminiscent of a post apocalyptic film set than any real place.

March, 2021