With a focus on organic elements in artificial environments, Polly Brown has been travelling around London to offices such as the BBC and Vogue to photograph plants in the work space. The project focuses on the juxtaposition of and connections between natural elements and the urban workspace. Following her trip to the Dazed offices, we chat to Polly Brown about her recent project.
The images in the series aim to highlight nature's role within a globalised man-made corporate network and play with the notion of brand identity
Dazed Digital: What fascinated you about the idea of plants in the work place? Polly Brown: I've always been drawn to the relationship between man and nature. I'm interested in the way we attempt to create and recreate interactions with nature even in an increasingly unnatural environment. Often unnoticed I find these pot plants are a hint or small note towards a desire to be reconnected to something natural.
DD: How did you choose the offices? Polly Brown: I chose well-known, household name brand and companies from a cross section of industries. The images in the series aim to highlight nature's role within a globalised man-made corporate network and play with the notion of brand identity; rather than the well-known logos and recognisable aesthetic, these companies are instead represented by living aspects. This meant the companies involved had to be instantly recognisable to the majority of people purely through their name.
DD: Was there anything specific you were looking for while photographing? Anything in particular you hope to achieve? Polly Brown: I hoped to achieve as large a series as I could. The project has almost become a slight obsession, I want to collect them all, Coca Cola, Google... I didn’t foresee this archival side to the project but I feel within its multitude, the series becomes even stronger, a jungle.
Polly Brown will feature at Whisper Gallery’s most recent group show which will run for a week from 29th June, with a private view on the 28th June.