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David Lynch’s “The Factory Photos”

Nobody does moody and mysterious like David Lynch.

And the Oscar-nominated director’s first photo exhibition is just as moody and mysterious as you’d expect.

As lovers of all things industrial, we were rather excited this week to visit The Factory Photos at London’s The Photographers Gallery.

The collection showcases Lynch’s fabulously freaky fascination with derelict factories. The Twin Peaks director began photographing old industry buildings in the 1980s – the images of which are a reoccurring theme in his films.

As big fans of Lynch’s surrealist work, we were hoping to be mystified. And mystified we were. There is a wonderfully strange magic to be found throughout the collection. Themes of desolation and decay are everywhere.

As you work through the images, the scenes become increasingly motionless and haunting. Broken machinery and crushed pipes lie artfully abandoned. Dirty, cracked windows transform into items of eerie beauty. Each photo has a mysterious edge – and there is a constant, chilling fear of what might be lurking just out of shot.

Lynch has created an equally moody soundtrack to go with the photos, which provides subtle, yet darkly atmospheric background sounds.

The Factory Photos left us with an invaluable insight into the director’s mysterious mind. Lynch says he simply loves to create the peculiar: ‘I just like going into strange worlds,” He says.

‘Every work ‘talks’ to you, and if you listen to it, it will take you places you never dreamed of.’

Hmm… We will no doubt be dreaming of eerie abandoned factories for many, many nights to come…

The Photographers’ Gallery, 16 – 18 Ramillies St, London W1F 7LW

+44 (020) 7087 9300

Admission to Lynch, Burroughs and Warhol
£4 (£2.50 concs)
Free admission on Monday from 10.00-18.00 and

Thursday from 18.00-20.00

Free Entry to under 17s
Pre-booked groups of 10+ £1 per person

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