James A. Hudson


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‘Cities that do not adapt to us will insist we adapt to them. For those who cannot or will not, there is only exile or alienation.’
Our cities are growing. Squares of silver and grey spread and join the old towns together until we can’t see green for concrete and the trees wither to patio size. Small buildings shoot upwards and tall trees shrink into tubs and wave their reflections through glass, or flash up as photographs onto our screens. We see green in luscious treetop pixels. Inches and angles are the architect’s battlegrounds and walls are built high with all-seeing eyes and electric gates. All hovered over from satellites in space, silently watching us and circling high in the vast unknown.
But we live here too. Alive. We are streams of consciousness pulsing through the streets to work and home, to work and home, going into shops alone to purchase goods, to drink and stare and try to stem the rushing blood of anxiety.
A sequence of photographs by James A. Hudson that were taken over a period of 15 years across several European cities including London, Paris and Oslo. They explore themes of urban alienation, fear of terrorism and surveillance.