Hide and Seek by Max Colson

By Unknown → Monday, November 23, 2015
The Dubious Nature of Plant Life in High Security Spaces.
Max Colson

Max Colson is an artist using photography, animation and design to explore the segregation and control of urban space. He was artist-in-residence at the UCL Urban Laboratory between (2014-2015), a position funded by the Leverhulme Trust. Virtual Control: Security and the Urban Imagination, his first solo exhibition, was hosted at the Royal Institute of British Architects (2015). His work has been featured in a broad range of publications across architecture, design and photography, including Icon (2015), Architecture Today (2015) and Hotshoe International (2013). He has exhibited widely in group shows in London (2015), Berlin (2014), and Holland (2015). He was selected as one of the UK winners of the Flash Forward Emerging Photographer competition (2013).

Hide and Seek is a documentary photography project created by the photojournalist Adam Walker-Smith. Instigated by his discovery of the landscape design programme 'Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design' ('CPTED'), Walker-Smith realised that high security areas not only nudge human behaviour through landscape design but also hide and soften these attempts through the strategic deployment of vegetation; this illuminating finding led to what could only be described as an intense scepticism as to the 'innocence' of all plant life in these spaces. The resulting photographs dramatically illuminate what he sees as the 'suspect' plants of high security urban spaces (these plants are so-called for posing as 'innocent' decoration whilst actually being hidden parts of the security apparatus).

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