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Urban Landscapes in Transition

For the past five years, NYC photographer Nathan Kensiger has been documenting the abandoned industrial spaces around Brooklyn’s waterfront. Much of the landscape he’s photographed has disappeared under swanky new condominiums as artists living on the fringe give way to hipsters who in turn give way to young, moneyed professionals. Abandoned Brooklyn is a photographic exhibition that marks the transition of an area from industrial to residential.

Nathan has also made an experimental documentary, Covered Tracks, that explored an abandoned Manhattan subway tunnel. There seems to be a fascination with underground spaces that could be exploited – remember Matthew O’Brien’s Beneath the Neon: Life and Death in the Tunnels of Las Vegas.

The landscape in East London is undergoing a different kind of transition, from urban wilderness to Olympic Village ahead of the 2012 Olympic games. The people of Pudding Mill River: Purveyors of Sporting Spirits and Foodstuffs, are busy harvesting the last of the wild fruits, including blackberries, elder flowers and sloes before the Lower Lea Valley disappears under concrete

Go into the undergrowth with Dr Kronos Adam and discover the elixir of life – sloe gin.


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