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Personal dystopian urban landscape project by photographer Imantas Selenis
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THE FUTURE IS NOW!" - THIS IS PROBABLY MOST POPULAR MID-20TH CeNTURY'S SLOGAN INVITING PEOPLE TO THRILLING ADVENTURE OF THE FUTURE EXPERIENCE IN EMERGING INDUSTRIAL WORLD. LIFE WAS CONSTANTLY GETTING BETTER BECAUSE THE TECHNOLOGY, SCIENCE AND INVENTIONS HAVE ACCELERATED AT PROGRESSIVE RATE. FUTURE WAS REALLY KNOCKING AT OUR DOOR ALONG WITH TECHNOLOGY REVOLUTION. EVERYTHING HAS GONE 'MEGA': MEGA CITIES, MASSIVE INDUSTRIAL PARKS, CONQUER OF THE SPACE, INVENTION OF THE TELEVISION, COMPUTERS AND THE INTERNET, THAT TOOK OVER THE WORLD OF OUR MINDS, GROWHT OF THE ECONOMY HAS BOOSTED CONSUMING AT ENORMOUS LEVEL.
 
PROGRESS CONTINUES AND THE PRESENT STILL LOOKS LIKE IN A FUTURISTIC MOVIE, BUT IMAGE OF IT UNFORTUNATELY IS NOT SO BRIGHT. EVERY ACTION HAS A CONSEQUENCE. POLUTION, SHORTAGE OF FOOD AND WATER, OVERPOPULATED CITIES, WARS AND ECONOMIC CRISIS SHOW THE CONSEQUENCES OF OUR HARMFUL ACTIONS IN THE PAST. INTERPRETATION OF LAST CENTURY'S MOST POPULAR SLOGAN WAS PROBABLY WRONG.
 
THIS PHOTO PROJECT OF LONDON INDUSTRIAL LANDSCAPES INVITES SPECTATORS TO RE-THINK REAL MEANING OF SLOGAN 'THE FUTURE IS NOW!' AND TRY LOOK AT THE FUTURE FROM DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE. INSPIRED BY IDEAS AND VISUALS FROM ANTI-UTOPIAN SCI-FIMOVIES, IMANTAS SELENIS EXAMINES RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN GROWING URBAN AREAS AND NATURAL ENVIRONMENT BY 'DRAWING' IMAGES OF METAPHORICAL FUTURE LONDON - URBAN DESERT AS A RESULT OF OUR INDUSTRIAL ERA DECAY.