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The ‘B’ word …… in pictures

Saturday 20th October 2018. Central London, UK. Thousands swarmed central London for the People’s Vote march.

London, UK. 20th October, 2018.People's Vote march for new Brexit referendum.

Which way will the wind blow? 

An estimated 700,000 demonstrators marched from Park Lane to Parliament Square in a bid to persuade the British government to hold a referendum on the final Brexit deal.

London, UK. 20th October, 2018.People's Vote march for new Brexit referendum.

Tearful father with young daughter listening to the speeches in Parliament Square.

Down with this sort of thing.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan addressed the crowds at Parliament Square along with representatives from the main political parties. Celebrity speakers included Steve Coogan, Delia Smith and Deborah Meaden.

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Even the pooches came out in force to demand a ‘Wooferendum’……

London, UK. 20th October, 2018. People's Vote march for new Brexit referendum.

People's Vote march for new Brexit referendum.Brexit reading

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The British public voted to leave the EU by a margin of 51.89% to 48.11% in June 2016. The UK is scheduled to leave on 29 March 2019, under the terms of the two-year Article 50 process.  On 14th November, Teresa May published a 585 page draft withdrawal agreement agreed with the EU at negotiator level,  creating mayhem and almost leading to a vote of no confidence.

People's Vote march for new Brexit referendum.

People’s Vote march for new Brexit referendum. London, UK. 20th October, 2018.

In just over a weeks time, the PM’s Brexit deal will be either approved or rejected by parliament.  Many think the deal will be rejected leading to further chaos and even a constitutional crisis. All eyes are on Westminster, although an EU Summit on the 13th and 14th of December may put the EU leadership in the limelight.  No final act in this extraordinary soap opera is apparent, only the daunting date of departure, 29th March 2019.

 

“Today we remember with sorrow, with grief, with tears” Grenfell memorial service at St Paul’s.

Remembering those who died. An emotional memorial service held a

“Today we remember with sorrow, with grief, with tears. Today we ask why warnings were not heeded, why a community was left feeling neglected, uncared for, not listened to. Today we hold out hope that the public inquiry will get to the truth of all that led up to the fire at Grenfell Tower…and we trust that the truth will bring justice.” Graham Tomlin, Bishop of Kensington,

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On 14th December, exactly six months after the catastrophic fire that destroyed Grenfell Tower, mourners gathered on the steps of St Paul’s after attending a memorial service. Some held white roses, other clutched onto photographs of loved ones who had lost their lives.

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Raymond Bernard, known as Moses to his friends, died in the fire aged 63. IMG_0227“Gone but not forgotten, you are so dearly loved by us all and will be sadly missed by many. May you rest in eternal peace, with love always” Raymond Bernard’s family

 

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Held together in collective grief.

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“In this service we come together as people of different faiths and none, as we remember before God those whose lives were lost, and pray for them to be at peace; as we are alongside brothers and sisters who have lost their homes and their community and those they love; as we commit ourselves to care for each other and to be united in the face of suffering and sorrow; as we seek each other’s help and resolve to build on our hopes for a future in which the tragedy that struck the people of Grenfell Tower will never happen again,”   David Ison, Dean of St Paul’s

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Refugee Week 2017 – ‘In Transit’ photography exhibition on until 6th July

‘The destruction of the Calais ‘Jungle’ in October 2016, and the Dunkirk Grande-Synthe in April 2017, returned close to 10,000 people to homelessness. Despite the prominence of the camps in liberal and reactionary media alike, the fate of their one-time inhabitants is now slipping from public consciousness with all too predictable ease. In Transit, is pitched against precisely this collective amnesia. Bringing together some two hundred photographs, taken by Jacky Chapman and Janine Wiedel across 2016, the exhibition offers an urgent reminder of the camps’ existence, and a poignant testament to the people now moving ever more precariously to the edges of political agendas’.  Review by Rosa Zimmermann for Photomonitor

“Refugee Week takes place every year across the world in the week around World Refugee Day on the 20 June. In the UK, Refugee Week is a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding between communities.

Refugee Week started in 1998 as a direct reaction to hostility in the media and society in general towards refugees and asylum seekers. An established part of the UK’s cultural calendar, Refugee Week is now one of the leading national initiatives working to counter this negative climate, defending the importance of sanctuary and the benefits it can bring to both refugees and host communities”. Refugee Week

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Gallery 101
101 Queen Victoria Street
London
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Mon – Fri 8:30am – 4:30pm

Free admission. Between St Pauls and the Tate Modern.

‘In Transit’ Photos

‘A picture’s worth a thousand words.’ The British Life Photography awards.

Last night saw the opening of the 2nd British Life Photography awards at the Mall Galleries, London. The Gallery was packed and the photos, which celebrated British life in all of its many splendid ways, looked fantastic!

‘The British Life Photography Awards is a showcase for contemporary and imaginative images that capture the essence and spirit of British life, documenting real life through original, illuminating, thought provoking, humorous and poignant imagery’. Maggie Gowan BLPA Director.

I’m delighted to say that my image below was highly commended and hung on the gallery wall. All of the images are in the book (British Life Photography Awards Portfolio published by Dewi Lewis Publishing –Book).

 

Highly Commended in the Historic Britain Category.

City boy London 1989

A Future so bright…Young professional donning braces and shades. Photographed in 1989 towards the end of the ‘Yuppie’ era. The 1980’s saw the growth of the middle class and the creation of a large group of young urban professionals. I took this picture because of the play between the young confident male and the iconic image of John Wayne in the background. London, 1989.

 

Ascot Ladies Day

During 1986, I documented Britain’s diverse social classes. Royal Ascot (dating back to 1711) and the Royal enclosure were obvious candidates. I attended on the third day (traditionally Ladies Day) where fancy hats, formal day dresses, top hats and tails are the order of the day.

In the Portraiture Category

Father and son

This was one of the final images from the photo-shoot. I sought to capture the simplicity of two forms, showing tenderness and a loving bond between father and son, with no faces for distraction. Once shot, the image reminded me of Bill Brandt’s dynamic Nudes on the beach. As Brandt once said “…the lens produced anatomical images and shapes which my eyes had never observed”.

Jeremy John Irons (born 19 September 1948) English actor

This was one of those nail-biting photo shoots where the journalist and I were given only a few minutes with Irons during his lunch break whilst he was in rehearsals. The result? A hand full of frames and an awful lot of praying! (Shot for the Times Educational Supplement). London, 1996.

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The exhibition showing some of the best work runs from 7 – 13 March 2016 at Mall Galleries, London. Mall Galleries

 

Time to party, party!

Notting Hill Carnival, London UK

Notting Hill Carnival, London UK

You know that the summer’s almost at an end when the Notting Hill Carnival appears in the calendar! These years seem to fly by! This year, however, I found myself unable to attend Britain’s Biggest Street Party…..boo hoo…there’s something about the way all five senses seem to explode all at once…..the BBQ corn-on-the-cob, the pounding music forcing its way out through the oversized loud speakers making your heart literally pond in your chest, that crushing feeling as you find yourself unable to move in any direction so all you can do is lift the camera over your head, click the shutter and hope you get a good pic!
Notting Hill Carnival, London UK

Notting Hill Carnival, London UK

With the darker nights and wet, windy days upon us, I thought I’d share a small collection of past images (2010-2014) from Europe’s largest street fest . Here’s to happy viewing…of shaking limbs, chocolate smeared faces, jiving policemen-  I still have pink paint embedded both on my back pack and my lenses!

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The carnival began in 1964 as a way for Afro-Caribbean communities to celebrate their own cultures and traditions. The following is an extract from the Notting Hill Carnival website http://www.thenottinghillcarnival.com and sums up its history wonderfully.

"At the roots of the Notting Hill Carnival are the Caribbean carnivals of the early 19th century – a particularly strong tradition in Trinidad – which were all about celebrating the abolition of slavery and the slave trade. The very first carnival was an attempt to showcase the steel band musicians who played in the Earls Court of London every Weekend. When the bands paraded through the streets of Notting Hill, they drew black residents out on to the streets, reminding them of the Caribbean homes they had left behind.
In the days of abolition, there was a strong element of parody in the songs and dances Trinidadians performed. Having been forbidden to hold festivals of their own during the period of slavery, they now took full advantage of the relative new freedoms the ending of slavery brought them. Dressing up in costumes that mimicked the European fashions of their former masters, even whitening their faces with flour or wearing white masks, they established a tradition that continues in the costume-making of today’s Notting Hill Carnival. The proper name for this aspect of the Carnival is Mas (derived from Masquerade)"


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