The Wall


I shot this sequence as a mini-project looking at the ability of plants to colonise unlikely spaces. We tend to design our spaces with a clear separation between ‘natural’ and ‘built’ – walls, buildings, paths etc. are designed to be pristine; plant life, if included, is given its own space. But no-one told the plants – they will spread and take root wherever they can, defying our artificial lines of demarcation.

Plants had been colonising this wall for many years—to the point where it was in danger of collapse—so I decided to make a record of it. My one regret is that this sequence was taken in November and, before I had the chance to re-shoot in colour with the plants in full leaf, the local council cleared them all away.

These pictures were shot on a Hasselblad, and are available as a book and an ebook.