How do you survive economic collapse? A question you have never asked yourself? Not even a Zombie apocalypse? It's a question that is on my fathers mind and has been for quite some time.
While my Dad is in hospital with a suspicious lump in his lung. I'm left in his house sorting out things and general tasks, it is the hottest day this year so far and I'm sat in the house waiting for Birmingham Council to come and fix the toilet (another no show). What better time to to make photography project.
I was awoken during the night with some small visitors, squeaky ones....Mice. On inspecting under the bed I discovered my Dads stash of food and half eaten bag of porridge oats. My brother and I often joke that it is his stash for the ice age- "the last mellon". For my Dad the threat of economic meltdown is a real fear and I don't think he is alone. Doom and gloom with bust and boom is a staple part of news fodder theses days and I think there is some bias for the human brain to me more focused on the negative.
Our family lost our house in the 86-87 recession and for somebody to loose everything, must leave it's mark. Our Grandmother stored lard in the pantry since rationing in WWII, two full shelves where discovered after her funeral. Storing food in times of plenty is a very natural phenomena, and occurs throughout the natural world, we are animals too. It is a practice we humans used to do, only until recently, now a convenience store on most corners.
Perhaps there is some solid reasoning behind this, if something did happen and the bank stopped working and the stores ran out of supplies, how long would you last? My Dad has enough food for a month, now a little less, now I have catalogued the out of date tins for future posterity, perhaps a shopping trip tomorrow...