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Ben Cooper – Steel Roots

A beautiful photographic project based on one of the few industry towns still left in Britain..

‘Steel roots of the tree of machinery’ is a project that focusses on the industrialisation of the city of Southampton, Using the docks and industrial areas as a backdrop, showing how they overshadow the natural landscape.  Using this as a way to subtly suggest larger idea’s of consumerism and how we are impacting the environment, making the viewer question their own mass consumption and how this controls our lives.

See Ben’s series down below and check more of his work out on his website.

Steel roots of the tree of machinery

“I walked on the banks of the tincan banana dock and

sat down under the huge shade of a Southern                        

Pacific locomotive to look at the sunset over the

box house hills and cry.

Jack Kerouac sat beside me on a busted rusty iron

pole, companion, we thought the same thoughts

of the soul, bleak and blue and sad-eyed,

surrounded by the gnarled steel roots of trees of


                                                                 – Allen Ginsberg