The Ring of steel

a building, as a prison, hospital, library, or the like, so arranged that all parts of the interior are visible from a single point.

Jeremy Bentham’s Panopticon prison idea first came in 1791. The idea went now further: the whole urban space is under surveillance by various CCTV systems.

Since the IRA bombing campaign in the City of London during the 90’s, the square mile have been surrounded by a cordon of CCTV cameras, known as the Ring of Steel, able to check all the vehicles and pedestrians that are entering and exiting the City.

I started photographing CCTV cameras as a reaction against the fact that I couldn’t relax anymore practising my street photography around the City of London without being constantly questioned by security guys and police officers.