july started with the pride parade, which was in some ways more muted than
in previous years, perhaps because it is getting more organised and more
BSL is 'spoken' by many deaf people, using their hands and other gestures
with remarkable speed and animation - which actually makes them a challenge
to photograph, as they are almost never still. the march was to demand recognition
of BSL as a language, so that it can be used in schools and elsewhere.
south london is fairly friendly during daylight hours, although catford
at best is not my favourite area. i took some pictures as i walked through
it on my way from a festival in a local park as well as of people at the
i don't have any great wish to appear naked in public. our climate seldom seems to be appropriate for nudity. however i don't have any problems with anyone who wants to display themselves. nudity is seldom particularly exciting or disturbing, and offers few surprises.
i've never understood why anyone should be frightened by 'indecent exposure', which at its worst seems ridiculous rather than threatening. perhaps if we had a healthier attitude to nudity it is an offence that would disappear.
there was certainly a fair deal of humour about the protest outside new scotland yard, although one or two of police did get a little worked up at times.
perhaps a lack of dress helped the protestors keep their cool.
another jubilee2000 demonstration in trafalgar square called for the relief
i'm never quite sure what the TUC respect festival is really about, or
what there is to photograph. some free music, lots of people from varied
ethnic backgrounds, a cross-section of our multiracial city, cheapish beer,
an odd selection of stalls...
quite a few other odd things were also going on in london.
some of my work gets put into nice organised websites.
this isn't meant to be like that, but you can see some of the rest at
and you can read what I think about photography at