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"City Levels" is a collage combining photographs of the architecture and people within the City of London. I find this area in London fascinating - there is such an intensity in the location - as the buildings compete for space and light, while thousands of city workers move through the area. I wanted to put together an art-work which captured a poetic view of the City, within a structure which reflected the different levels of architecture: from the underground to the skyline.

I really like how the picture works at different vantage points - seen from afar the collage works as a whole image, with it's central cross from the Gherkin building and the horizontal lines of colour across the art-work. Seen closely, each image shows many individual and poetic moments in the city. I particularly love the sky level, which is made up of images of posters of the city skyline.

This work is one of my signature photographic collages. For each artwork, I take hundreds of images of life in motion in a chosen landscape over a period of time. Through the deliberate process of choosing and editing my photographs a pattern evolves creating a new and unique landscape—compressing both time and space into a singular artwork. I am interested in expanding the photographic singular moment into a distinctive work of art which encompasses many moments.

I've produced seven large-­scale collages to date, which include depictions of typical urban experiences such as escalators and Tube trains, contrasting with the more open, natural spaces of the seaside and Hampstead Heath. In 2012 the collage "Escalators" was released to the media where it was published worldwide to critical acclaim. The collages were most recently exhibited at the Koukan Gallery, North London in November 2014 in the show "So Near, So Far".

"City Levels" is part of an edition of 25 prints across 3 different sizes:

Edition 25 + 2 A/P
Size One: 45x60cm Edition 10
Size Two: 67x90 Edition 10
Size Three: 90x120 Edition 5

Materials used:

Archival print on Fine art paper - Giclee Print

City Levels (2015)


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Belinda Lawley

United Kingdom

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