The Empty State
“The Empty State” explores the shape of factories in the second largest city in Latvia – Daugavpils. This project is based on places in Daugavpils that were fully operational but were shut down in the past 10 years leaving thousands of people unemployed and driving a significant amount of residents to immigrate to other countries. Photographs portray desolation and abandonment of multiple locations and are meant to convey the general feeling of desperation surrounding once prosperous Daugavpils. Despite the fact that this series of images depict empty plants and no people, in spirit this subject matter is connected to everyone who has ever worked there and whose lives have changed once doors of those factories were shut.