Evocative Photos of Empty Gas Stations in Winter

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British photographer Matt Barnes’s Cold Stations is exactly what its name suggests — a series of deserted gas stations on chilly winter nights. There’s something evocative about the stark emptiness of Barnes’s photos — the monochromatic landscapes are devoid of people or life in general, and the fluorescent light in which the brightly colored stations are bathed gives the images a ghostly, surreal quality. Clearly, viewers are left to draw their own conclusion as to what the work “means,” but to us these images serve as reminders of how strange and fragile human pursuits can be. Check out a selection of images from Cold Stations after the jump, and also have a look at Barnes’s website, where there’s plenty more of his work to see.

Photo credit: Matt Barnes. Spotted via Lost at E Minor

Photo credit: Matt Barnes

Photo credit: Matt Barnes

Photo credit: Matt Barnes

Photo credit: Matt Barnes

Photo credit: Matt Barnes

Photo credit: Matt Barnes

Photo credit: Matt Barnes

Photo credit: Matt Barnes