So the theme behind this project is authoritarianism. I've always had a love for history and the history of dictatorships has always interested me. I currently live in Belfast, which has a strong history of military policing so I collected images of Belfast from the 70s and 80s. Other areas I looked into is Cold War Berlin for atmosphere and architecture and the Chechen War for reference of destruction. The project is set in the near future, a film that has influenced this decision would be Children of Men, the film has a grim and bleak atmosphere that I thought would go well with the theme of the project. I also looked at modern day slums in the western world. The high-rise flats and burnt-out cars had an intimidation factor that I thought could help set the tone of the project. So I collected images of projects and council estates in New York, Belfast and Berlin.
I collected images from Belfast and Berlin in the 70s and 80s to reference for architecture and mood. I also collected images of soldiers on patrol in dangerous areas to give an idea of posture. There are reference images of mood and colour to help set the tone of the project, so grey sky and lotsd of unsaturated colours.