Parliament Square Paddy Fields


A new global economy demands that we become more self-sufficient as former food sources become less reliable and shipping food around the world becomes unsustainable. Austerity encourages us to ‘grow your own’ – even 10 Downing Street and the White House have allotments now. Self-sufficiency also challenges the value of power formerly invested in symbolic sites of political power. In Parliament Square Paddy Fields GMJ take a quintessential tourist view of Big Ben and re-present it as a watery landscape inspired an environmental project in East Asia during which Europeans were taught to plant rice. The final image invites us to imagine how the population of central London could re-appropriate the land on their doorstep. Replacing the statues of Churchill, Lloyd George and Disraeli are urban farmers harvesting iridescent green shoots amid the London smog.

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  1. Posted October 25, 2010 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    By 2063, the UK will have become a quaint and backward rural province of the Chinese Super-State, Britain having long ago abandoned all industry, manufacturing and technology during the years under Prime Minister Paul Kingsnorth. This charming holiday photo of agricultural life will be taken by a Chinese middle manager before she returns to her orbital hotel, and from thence back to her job in the recently colonised asteroid belt.

  2. Posted November 16, 2010 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

    Great stuff. I loved how you combined photography with futurism. I blogger it in my language already. Inspiring!


  3. Vanessa the Vivaciou
    Posted February 24, 2011 at 2:06 am | Permalink

    All of these images are so powerful. I wish my fellow citizens here in the US would recognize global issues as great as your UK citizens do. Saying, “this is america, we have other things to worry about” seems to be the norm and common ideal.
    Cheers on the artwork and thanks for the encouragement to remain an active environmental activist here in the US.

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