A Wake For The Wild

  • Ben Kite

Documenting the moments where green space sits on the cusp of extinction, where the man-made and the natural clash, and how we impact the earth. A Wake For The Wild was made as a response to the range of impacts we have on green space. From the smallest of campfires to large-scale development projects, we mould, shape and change the natural world, and with developments like HS2 threatening just under 100 ancient woods and 350 unique habitats, we are at a serious risk of losing these spaces for good. My youth was marked by a curiosity for the natural world, and I grew up surrounded by nature. As I got older, and moved away to London, I saw these spaces I once explored flattened for property development, or damaged by fly-tipping and careless destruction. This recognition spurred on the creation of a project that set out to document these spaces, and ask a question of what the world might look like when we lose the green space we hold so dear. Part speculative, part all-too-real, A Wake For The Wild is deeply personal, as well as being outward looking and wide in it’s scope. This project was shortlisted for the Eizo student photography awards 2019. It was also part of an exhibition at the London Design Festival - Designing in Turbulent Times.