by Viveca Koh ARPS
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About the Book
My other passion aside from photography is Urban Exploration (also known as UrbEx), which involves the seeking out and exploring of abandoned buildings all over the world, and this interest goes some way towards explaining the subject matter that I have chosen here. I have seen inside a number of asylums, houses, powerplants and factories, but my enduring favourites are the former two, as they generally contain more human traces than the larger scale buildings, and it is this aspect of 'other lives lived' that I love to capture in my work.
Most of the images for my Associateship panel were shot in an abandoned manor house hidden deep in the Sussex countryside, which contained many objects and possessions belonging to the former owners, just left behind along with the house to rot, and that is where the title for this panel originated. My Statement of Intent over the page describes what I was aiming to achieve when I selected these fifteen images for consideration by the panel of judges.
Viveca Koh FRPS FIPF is an entirely self-taught photographer, with a strong eye for overlooked details, and a special fascination with photographing abandoned buildings. In 2010 she was awarded a Licentiateship Distinction by the Royal Photographic Society, for a panel of ten photographs taken in an asylum. These images feature in the book Lost Asylum Sonnets, a poetic collaboration with Catherine Lupton. In 2011 she was proud to attain Associateship of the RPS with a panel of fifteen photographs, featured in the book 'Left Behind'. In 2014 she was awarded a Fellowship with the RPS, for images taken from the book 'Star Blossom', and in 2021 Fellowship with the Irish Photographic Federation. She currently lives in Surrey.