i was very disappointed to have to miss the climate change march and rally on 4 nov, but i was busy hanging a show i'd organised. at the juggler in hoxton market, 'the river' is a mixed show on for a month, with some very fine painting as well as some photography and prints. but i've photographed all the major climate related demos in london for a few years. at least linda went along to keep the numbers up. the prints on the wall, we made for the pub, and the two pictures show what digital can do in dim available light - iso 3200.
sunday i was taken out for a walk by the river at twilight, near where
i live, and there were some spectacular colours in the sky, including some
reds well beyond the range of photography.
wednesday provided another chance to use the camera in low light, taking
a few snaps at the talk at host gallery, where nick danziger was talking
about photography with colin jacobson as referee. it was an interesting
story, and although his earliest books showed him to be rather an amateur
there were some great pictures in his later work, not least from his roughly
a month shadowing tony blair, where he was granted incredibly unrestricted
access to meetings at downing street and around the world. while keeping
a discreet silence about the conversations he overheard, he had some interesting
stories to tell. the show at host was disappointing, a case of a client
not letting a photographer work the way he wants to work.
i'd meant to take some pictures at the opening of the river show on thursday, but i was just too busy, making a short opening speech and talking to everyone, though there were many i just didn't have time to say all i had wanted. the good news was i sold two prints with promises of another sale later.
saturday was 'the eleventh day of the eleventh month' and although the main commemorative events now take place on the sunday, i decedided to cover some of what was promised for saturday. at 11 am, there was a brief commoration for animals who died in war at the sculpture in park lane. here i discovered a third poppy colour, which they described as purple, though i'd have called it lilac or mauve.
from there i went on to grosvenor square, where 'school students against the war' (ssaw) had scheduled a 'die-in'. unfortunately numbers were not up to their expectation, with only around 20 students there.
i took a few pictures and left for the picket outside marks and spencer
near marble arch. there are regular weekly pickets on thursdays, organised
by 'fight racism, fight imperialism' as a part of the 'boycott israel campaign'.
this saturday was a special event, part of the fourth international week
of action against the apartheid wall.
i took a few pictures of the picket, and then the ssaw people arrived and staged a mass die-in on the pavement. this certainly generated a great deal of attention. they then adressed the crowds milling past m&s briefly before marching off down oxford street with megaphones and banner. they staged a second 'die-in' further down the street, again attracting the attention of shoppers, although perhaps surprisingly, not the police.
i left them at oxford circus, to make my way to trafalgar square, where
i hoped to photograph the fountains full of poppies. they were just clearing
them up as i arrived, with two men in waders and shrimp nets catching them.
it was bizarre if not surreal, although not quite what i'd been hoping for.
the families of servicemen killed in iraq were gathering close to the cenotaph. led by a piper they marched solemnly to stand in front of it, while they came up to read out the names of those killed in the iraq war. as well as they names of the 121 dead british servicemen a small selection of the names of iraqi civilians killed was also read out.
family members and others then came up to the cenotaph to lay wreaths for their loved ones. after the wreaths were laid, a deputation went to hand in a letter adressed to tony blair at 10 downing street, signed by 500 military families and veterans, calling for the immediate return of british troops. among those taking part were rose gentle of military families against the war, and others who have lost sons or partners in iraq, including ann lawrence, roger bacon, natasha mclellan and maureen bacon and lance corporal george solomou, from the london regiment of the territorial army who refused to go to fight in iraq. there were also families of serving soldiers who took part in the event.
other supporters attending included kate hudson of CND, yvonne ridley and lindsey german of respect and stop the war, fashion designer katherine hamnett, and mp jeremy corbyn.
it was a moving event, and one that attracted considerable media interest.
there is a delicate balance between intruding on private grief, but those
there had chosen to make their grief public, and we had to record it for
them. of course i tried to work sensitively there were moments when i too
was close to tears. by the end of the event, the light had more or less
gone and i decided to come home.
well, that was about november in london for me, as i spent the rest of
the month first in paris, then in bed and feeling sorry for myself recovering
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
Q. Are the pictures on your site for sale?
A. Yes, both as rather expensive high quality archival prints and also for repro at standard NUJ rates (negotiable.) Contact me - link above - for details.
Q. You photographed me, but I can't see my picture on the site.
A. I don't have room to put all the pictures on the site. E-mail me - 'contact me' link above - with a description including what you were wearing and where I took the picture, and if I can identify you I'll send you a picture.
Q. Do you have other pictures from these events?
A. Yes. If you want to buy or reproduce pictures e-mail me with an idea of what you are looking for.
Q. Do you have photographs of other events?
A. Yes, I was photographing events for many years before I started this site, and only a few selected images before 2002 appear here. Since the end of 2002, most events I've photographed are on this site, although only a very small fraction of my urban landscape and other work.
Q. Do You accept commissions/Will you photograph my event?
A. Yes, I'm happy to accept commissions on a half day or day rate basis, rates by negotiation - see the 'contact me' link. I also welcome invitations from event organisers to cover suitable events without payment for 'My London Diary', although I can't guarantee to do these. Any information about suitable events is also welcome.
Q. How do I find images on this site?
A. If you know the date of an event, the site is organised by year, month. Go to the month and look down the page or pages. If not, most events are listed thematically on the front page, though that index is seldom entirely up to date. Otherwise you can use the search box at top right, but again this sometimes seems to miss out pages.
Q. Can I use your pictures for nothing?
A. Limited non-profit use by suitable non-profit organisations may be permitted - please e-mail to discuss and apply for permission.
But if your organisation pays a designer (or you) to produce documents or web pages, then I expect to be paid too. Like you, I like to eat occasionally.
Q. Are these pictures copyright?
A. Yes, every single picture on this site is copyright.
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