XISCO BONNIN
POSTPHOTOGRAPHY

ORBITAL LIFE. 2004

In the page you can see a selection of prints from a larger project which was devised and designed during a stay in London, in summer 2004. After a period of bibliographical investigation, there was a photographic documentary tracking for the so called London satellite cities , known as "new towns". During the World Wars London and other English cities were devastated by the German aviation bombardments. The "new towns" are the cities that were planned in the orbital ring around London, and built last century between the 50s and the 70s. Town planners and architects take up the model of the "Garden-City" movement and the guidelines of Ebenezer Howard's treatise "Garden cities of tomorow " (1902). Basically, it consisted in joining the advantages of the new urban life and the new industrial society, with the best aspects of rural world and traditional life in the countryside. A utopia that wanted to go even further and intended to imply a new social and economic order, inspired by communal ideals and the welfare state. The "New Towns" of the 2nd third of the 20th century rose following these principles to a large extent, but after the 80s, corporations were privatized; therefore, some of the social objectives were diluted. However, living in the city as if it was in the countryside already belongs to the western imaginary and has become an aspiration for its middle-classes. This documentary project aspires to be a curious ironic and critical look to the artificial nature of the post-industrial society and the ideal of happiness.