Now that spring is well and truly in the air, my thoughts have quickly turned to beaches, ice-cream and oversized sunglasses. However, in the winter months I often wonder how different the seaside towns and holiday resorts must be without swarms of tourists.
Photographer Fabien Fourcaud has not only pondered the thought, but has gone one step further by creating his Off Season series, which documents abandoned towns built for the purpose of tourism.
He explains: “If the concept of ‘territory’ means a mode of relationship between a group of men and a space, what happens when a country ceases to be busy, used, practiced? Once a year, the resorts built exclusively for the attention of vacationers find themselves abandoned by their users.”
The empty photographs all appear to have something missing. From the drained swimming pools to the deserted shops, it seems a holiday destination without visitors is a place without a purpose.
To see more by Fourcaud, visit www.fabienfourcaud.com.