Photographs – dystopia

The below photos I have taken to create the 30 second video. I thought I would experiment with these photos, play around with composition and zoom in on the structural elements.

This is the view from the LCC library window, as mentioned in a previous post, I was interested in this building because of the relationship of the trees on the roof and wanted to push this idea further of a reality of what could potentially be unknown in the future.

George Orwell (1984) 

“Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.”

“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.”

I thought I would look closer at George Orwell and how he described a dystopian future. Power does tear people apart and then does recreate. The pulling apart of these photographs would be reflected in the video, it is not connected to power however the notion of pulling apart today’s world and putting it back together, which hopefully creates an unpredictable future. Similar, to the ‘clocks were striking thirteen’ a dystopian world is upon us.

I think that to understand dystopia is to understand utopia of a society that is working together. And in this viewpoint I think the trees on the rooftop, is a flip around of the environment. That a future of trees on a roof and this idea pushed further to a place where it is the new ‘normal’ to have trees on roofs due to lack of space on the ground questions our time today.

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