Austerity was introduced in the UK by the then Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osbourne, following the 2008 financial crisis. It basically means that the least well off in society pay, and are still paying, for the greed of the richest that led to the crisis in the first place. Oops mustn’t get political again. :-/
Here in Fuerteventura, there is evidence of austerity through many decades from humble one room dwellings, part of an entire abandoned village, to once grand houses, reduced to rubble along with modern apartment complexes left skeletal and unfinished presumably post 2008. I’ll get to those. Clearly here, it’s not just the poor that have suffered from harsh economic times.
You can guess my next project. I’ve set about, in between enjoying the beach and the fine restaurants, to document this in a photo essay and articles to be produced when I get home.
Here’s just a taste of what I’ve found in a few days. I hope you enjoy the photographs.. :-)