Bienvenue en Comberie is a series of images depicting the landscape of an alternative Cumbria, affected by complex sets of interests, lobbies, and ideologies.
Comberie, as its name suggests, is characterised by the prevalence of french culture that has remained since the arrival of the Normands during the XIth century. This legacy has been deeply anchored in the Cumbrian reality with the creation of a department named Cumberie Francaise.
Despite being legally and politically bound to Great Britain, the county is largely dominated by an industrial and economical partnership with french energy giants EDF and Areva. The two companies, which benefit from a broad consensus among the population, use the territory as a innovation laboratory and "show county" for their science and technologies.
Another major stakeholder heavily involved in the area is the National Trust, the biggest land owner in Comberie. It advocates for the radical conservation of nature and is firmly opposed to the influence of the energy lobby. Its main asset, the National Trust Park, covers the centre part of Comberie and is surrounded by a guarded border which prevents human occupation.
Among other opponents of the conservatives is the farming industry which uses the land for intensive breeding. Concerns in regard to potential epidemics like the mouth disease and the mad cow in the past remain at the heart of preoccupations.
Comberie is also a major entertainment provider for the tourists and sport enthusiasts who come for sensational experiences. The millions of visitors during the high season is a huge source of income that the government seeks to constantly develop.
And finally, the region welcomes retirees from the whole of the UK thanks to its natural and slow environment. The core concern of this ageing population is security and well-being.
Map of the new Comberie
Bienvenue en Comberie