‘The Death of the City’
The idea for this series came from the book Ground Control by Anna Minton. She describes how privately-owned property complexes have become increasingly common in the UK, and how the corporations that own them now also own and control streets, squares and open spaces that were previously public. These gleaming developments are watched over by CCTV and private security guards.
There’s one such development, ‘Regent’s Place’, close to where I work in London. What's ironic is that the construction areas have been surrounded by hoardings depicting idyllic scenes of beautiful green – and very public – parklands and trees. It’s like rubbing salt into the wounds - “this is what it could have looked like if we didn’t build on it”.
I've tried to shoot these in such a way that at first glance you get the impression that the public are enjoying green, public space. In reality, this greenery is just masking the greed of the corporations and the erosion of public space in favour of private space.