It was the haunting geometry of abandoned military bunkers that caught the eye of photographer Jonathan Andrew. Scattered throughout the Dutch landscape, he was fascinated by their unique shapes born out of pure functionality. After photographing a few of them he started seeking out others during his free time, compiling them in a compelling, emotional series titled World War 2 Bunkers.
The project has taken him through locations in France, the Netherlands, Scotland and Belgium, where these persisting reminders of a turbulent past still stand. Some of them bear marks of graffiti; others, converted into livestock barns by local farmers. The ones located near the sea are being used as diving platforms.
Andrew shoots the bunkers at dusk and at night, when he is no longer reliant on specific weather or lighting conditions. “By lighting them with a flash I could really pick out the shape and 3D forms of the structures,” he explains. “After shooting the first four bunkers with this technique, I realised that the lighting seemed to fit the subject matter very well, almost as if they are lit by a large searchlight. It seems to add to the already haunting atmosphere that the structures have.”
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