This book combines editorial design, photography and illustrations.
Publication Size: A3
Cover Stock: Grey Board
Paper Stock: GFSmith Colourplan 135 gsm Natural
Special Techniques: Laser-cut, Screen-printed, and Embossed
Our brain chooses to look at things we want to look at. Something new and different, we know the sky is up and above, buildings and trees to the left and right, and the ground below. There is no need to pay much attention to them. It’s amazing how much we don’t notice.
Pavement, like oxygen in the air, we don’t notice their existence until it is absent. I have never heard anyone say, “Ah! The air smells so normal!” It is completely normal to take such things for granted, because otherwise we will have less space to think about other things for instance, the establishment of world peace.
We smoke cigarettes, chew chewing gum, speak on our mobiles phones, listen to our iPods, you name it, anything to aid the journey. We constantly try and ignore our environment. We walk as quickly as we can. The only time we stop is at the crossing, and when we don’t, we get hit.
its 8:00 am, we are getting out of the house, we open our front door, and we set foot on the pavement. Whether it is to just cross over to your car, to walk to the tube, going for a run, the public space is unavoidable. It is usually the first thing we encounter when exiting a building. Pavements create threshold between buildings, pedestrian traffic and vehicular traffic and yet at same time, connect people to the city.
These people make sure everyone, and I mean everyone, can access and use the pavement, visually sound, visually impaired, handicapped, and on wheelchairs. They make sure that the pavement doesn’t get flooded, and puddles are minimized so your beautiful shoes are not ruin. They even try to make these walkways look pretty.
The water runs down into the underground sewers, the water infrastructure. During the nineteenth century, the River Thames was an open sewer, which has caused a disastrous public health cholera epidemic. London sewage system was built in the Victorian times and we have been using the same model since. With the ever ending growth of the city’s population, the current sewage system is once again starting to ruin the Thames.
In addition to clearing our waste, buried underground are water mains, electrical grid and gas mains. They are so vital to our everyday life that taking one of them out will be a life-changing situation. We would be living in the pre-industrial revolution times, lighting candles, sitting by the fire, and drinking water from the river.
We constantly take for granted what has been provide to us. It only take three days for a human to die from dehydration, and yet we barely look at these little access covers. We just turn on the tap and hope what water comes out.
There are people in Africa that would walk many miles only just to look a water source. We are very lucky to have such luxury.
I hope that this visual essay have persuade you take interest of more mundane things life and find their inner beauty. Sometime city life can be visually tiring with everything trying to shout at you with avarice we forget to look down. Sometimes we are far too overwhelmed by what the media is telling us what to do that we forget to think about what we really need.
There is always something lying beneath the surface in this multi dimensional world. The reason we don’t see it is because we don’t look hard enough.
Our feet may be glued to gravity and our eyes aren’t.
LOOK AT MORE THINGS YOU ARE NOT SUPPOSE TO LOOK AT.