Live news broadcasts bring distant events and political processes into contact with the present. Back when we lived our lives moving through public spaces, the Reuters building in Canary Wharf displayed on its exterior a changing banner of national and international news. Elevated above the open space of the square beneath, public life in the area came to be framed against a backdrop of news updates.
This series centres around photographs documenting the news bulletins on the Reuters building, as the constantly changing display of digital text presents the day’s headlines. The open space in front of the building fills with everyday activity: people eating, sitting, waiting, reading the paper, taking phone calls and passing through. Distant national and international events come to inhabit physical space, reframing everyday life and revealing previously unseen relationships between forms. This building takes the intangible and underlying and gives it space in the present.
Our environment is in a state of accelerated change, and the presence of the building acts to remind inhabitants of this, connecting present time and space with events happening elsewhere. Shot in the private estate of Canary Wharf in London, and moving between the building and its surrounding area, World News explores what everyday life looks like when it is lived publicly, formed against a physical backdrop of news updates.