[2018-07-22] The Keiller Centre - Barry Carr

Photo Essay: The Keiller Centre

22nd July 2018

This is my first photo essay and it happened accidentally.

The Kellier Shopping Centre is a collection of small stores, what might be described in other parts of the UK as an indoor market. Each store is different; some are like little shops, insubstantial looking partitions facing the walkways through the centre; other establishments are more open plan, shuttered off at the close of business. The overall impression of the place is that of very small businesses needing inexpensive accommodation.

I first stumbled across the Keiller Centre in the early 2000's, not long after I'd moved upped to Scotland and was still finding my away around my environment. At this point in my life, the photography bug was semi-dormant and I wasn't interested in taking pictures. What I do remember about this place was that it was bustling and busy; each store occupied and trading merrily away.

When I revisited the Keiller Centre, after I got in to street photography, I was struck by how empty and rundown it had become. Now, it was a shadow of its former self, having been overshadowed by Dundee's two other shopping centres, the Overgate and the Wellgate. Where the usually high-street brands attract customers in a way that the Keiller Centre never could.

I took a few shots and thought nothing more about it other than it being and interesting place to capture more aspects of life in Dundee. I would find myself drawn back to this place when the weather was poor or when I wasn't finding any inspiration on streets of Dundee. After a while, I realised I had a project on my hands and I'd start to go there to see if I could capture more images. I had, in what David Gibson (wikipedia) described in his 2011 book 'The Street Photographers Manual', as the 'the dog that needs walking'. A project that gave me the motivation to keep moving.

These thirteen images make up my story on this small part of Dundee. They were shot between May 2017 and February 2018 and were mostly taken with an Olympus Pen-f, with either a Panasonic 25mm f/1.7 or an Olympus M.Zuiko 28mm f/1.8.

The Keiller Centre

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