Dystopian Visions

These pieces focus on the not too distant future and offer up different views of a world where we have tampered with nature with disasterous effect (for us) .   We live in a world where we are forever pushing the boundaries, both scientific and moral.  We are recreating Universe birth in large hadron colliders; we are growing human organs on the backs of mice.  All these things we do for scientific and medical advancement.  They are, at least in the beginning, well intentioned.
On July 20th 1969 Neil Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the moon and in a speech echoing British explorer George Mallory, who was part of the first three British attempts to climb Mount Everest, JFK asserted that they did it because “it is there”.  He saw it as an advancement for the human race for “peace” and to this day we are still discussing the possibility of colonising it  for when earth becomes too uninhabitable.
The question is just because we can, should we.  What starts as a noble plan can often have dire consequences.
The literal translation of “dystopia” is “bad place”, but what constitutes a bad place.  In a world where man is no longer a risk to wildlife other species and plants may excel.  Without man to maintain buildings they will eventually crumble and nature will claw her way back.
These images offer different views of dystopian worlds and what they will look like.

open-roadOpen Road (2012) (part of Freedom’s Road, Aspex Gallery, 2013)

dystopiaDystopia (2013)

FORESTDigital Forest (2013)

FreedomFreedom (2013) (featured in Tight Modern at Liberty Festival 2013)

ReturningThe Return (2012)