Metropole is a document of the brutal uprooting of London’s foundations at the hands of corporate developers, for the benefit of wealthy investors and absentee property speculators. In the wake of aggressive high-end development, genuinely affordable housing has diminished and residents of London are pushed ever further out from the core.
Photographed over dozens of winter nights spent wandering through the escalating city, Metropole records the dizzying effects of a capital influx on London. The frameworks of luxury residential towers are documented during construction, and the use of double exposures layers building upon building. This proliferating tangle mirrors the threatening scale of alteration in the city. Perspective and orientation are lost in the process, emulating the sense of loss that many Londoners now feel.
Designed by Tom Mrazauskas
Reviews + Press
“The images shine in the night time as beacons of development, breathing power, certainty, wealth; an oppressive power which is ready to swallow all who are not equipped to be part of it.” – Lina Manousogiannaki, Urbanautica
“Bush expertly uses the double exposure so that you can still see what you’re looking at, but it looks off, like a futuristic dystopian city that could be anywhere in the world.” – Katharine Schwab, Fast Company
Feature in New Internationalist, “How finance capital ruined London”
Feature in Fast Company, “These photos capture the eeriness of the luxury condo racket”
Review on Urbanautica, by Lina Manousogiannaki
Interview with Museum of London
Extended interview with ASX
Guillotine lifestyle online (FR)
EVENT: Dark is the night: in conversation, Friday 9 November 2018, 6.30pm at Museum of London
With a panel chaired by Lewis Bush, this talk will explore the darker side of London at night.
Tickets £20 with advance booking, concessions available (see link above to book)
Work from Metropole currently features in the London Nights exhibition at the Museum of London – Until 11 Nov 2018
Metropole is held in the following collections:
AGO Edward P. Taylor Library & Archives (Toronto, CA)
The British Library (UK)
London College of Communication (Elephant & Castle, UK)