Metropole
2 February 2015

Metropole
(2014 – 2018)

London was once known as the metropole or ‘mother city’ at the heart of a vast empire stretching across a quarter of the planet. This empire has long since collapsed, but in its place has risen a new and closely related world power, that of globalised capitalism, which has centred itself on the old imperial capital, and has set about transforming it utterly.

London is now a city of demolition, cranes, and glittering new high rises, built not for Londoners but for anonymous overseas investors and speculators. Metropole records the brutally disorientating effects of this by documenting these legions of new corporate and residential blocks as they are constructed and occupied. Using double exposures to layer building over building, these structures becomes increasingly disorientating and threatening as the series progresses, obliterating scale, perspective and orientation.

These multiple exposures are combined with appropriated, repurposed photographs taken from the billboards and advertising material of the developments themselves. The final feature of Metropole is an extensive investigation into the activities of many of the property developers behind these schemes, including the extensive use of opaque offshore financial structures and unaccountable political lobbying.

Published by Overlapse Books, 2018

Featured in Fast Company, Landscape Stories, New Internationalist, Guillotine, Museum of London blog, Monovisions, Svenska Dagbladet, The British Journal of Photography, The PolySh, Lautre Quotidien, The Daily Telegraph, Les Architectures, Wired.com, GUP Magazine, American Suburb X, Failed Architecture, Metalocus, BBC Website, Le Cool London, Cradink, Timeout online, Dezeen, La Boiet Verte, Collector Daily, ArchiExpo, Fotoroom, It’s Nice That, The Photographers Gallery Blog, Black and White Photography Magazine, Fotografiamagazine.com, SPACE Magazine, and Photomonitor.

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