"Cities are huge mouths. Essentially the farmer is food-master for the great mouth. He has many subsidiaries, but his primary job is to feed these great feudal survivals of the city (…). Without the farmer our towns and cities, big and small, would go naked and starve." [F. L. Wright, The Living City, Nowy Jork 1958]
Allotment gardens are remains of modern, utopian visions from industrial era. The aim was to provide new urban dwellers a piece of land to produce their own food. Some of the first gardens survived until now and are an extraordinary instance of agrarian landscape in cities. Furthermore, allotments are created by their users - the gardeners, members of community. As a result, this landscape is combination of nature and art brut, that gives a fairy tale aesthetic. Nowadays, urban farming is rising as citizens right to produce food and cultivate land.
Better tomorrow is an original name of one allotment in Poland. The story is about some alternative place in a city, which lives beyond a profit maximization paradigm and beyond an urban order. The project refers to visions of ideal cities from the industrial era. To emphasise its utopian element, it focuses on garden as an ideal space and an oneiric esthetic like from a wonderland.
By photographing allotments, I attempts to point out an optional approach to human habitat and food production. I see garden as a proper model of our activity on the environment.