Anarchy: Disorder in the City

By Jo Phillips

What is the charm of a city without its attractive and repulsive traits, sights that reveals both the power of mankind to build but also to destruct? Photographer James Duncan Clark’s series, Elsewhere, encapsulates a disordered and disorganized view of Britain in the 21st Century – the tragic aftermath of objects and marks being dumped, ditched and discarded.

Untitled, (Swing) Bullington, March 2010 By James Duncan Clark
Untitled, (Swing) Bullington, March 2010 By James Duncan Clark

Included in this provocative photographic essay are images bearing the scars of man’s consumption taken at the frayed edges of the urban environment. Untitled, (Bench) and Untitled, (Swing) expose broken and abandoned municipal facilities missing the vital organ that grants them the title of the photograph. The manner Clark captures the sculptural beauty and subtle colour combinations juxtapose with the flaws in this disposable society, recalling the cruel relationship between mankind and land.

Untitled, (Bench) Tilehurst, April 2009 By James Duncan Clark
Untitled, (Bench) Tilehurst, April 2009 By James Duncan Clark

Untitled, (Bench) and Untitled, (Swing) are on display from 14 September to 12 October at The London Arts Board on the corner of Peckham Road and Vestry Road, Camberwell.