This Gives Me the Power ti Break Free From My Routine

photographer Neil Montier
written by Dani Admiss


The eponymous title The Belt, 2008-9, is Neil Montier’s most recent body of work. Focusing on the outskirts of London, in locations that are peripheral to the motorway encircling the metropolis, the dual carriageway shares similarities with an ancient city wall, whose function as a barrier pens people in as much as it was designed to keep intruders out. These non-places which Montier has shaped become new homes for man-made modernist structures. He re-creates areas, bringing to mind places such as Thamesmead, a megalithic social housing complex situated at the edge of the Thames basin, and restages them with startling bleakness and differentiation from their counterparts in real life.