Photo miscellanea. New book #MerrieAlbion available here:
I have some new work launching this Friday at the @cortonaotm festival. ‘Inizio’ is a photographic project commissioned by the festival and @abocait, which deals with the conservation of biodiversity at the Granducale di Montecchio Estate outside Cortona in Italy. The resulting book and exhibition are curated by @larinaldo. More soon. #aboca#cortonaonthemove2018#Montecchio
Refugee Tales Walk, North Downs Way, Oxted, 2015 from the series #MerrieAlbion.
Taking its name from Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Refugee Tales is an annual event organized by the Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group. Its aim is to reclaim the pastoral southeast English landscape for a vocabulary of hospitality and welcome. The tales of refugees who have directly experienced the UK’s immigration detention and asylum system are told and shared, aiming to show what indefinite detention means. In June 2015, the Refugee Tales project walked from Dover to Crawley along the North Downs Way in solidarity with refugees, asylum seekers, and immigration detainees. Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group was set up in 1995 when the UK Immigration Service began to detain people at a small holding centre near Gatwick Airport. This years walk takes place between Saturday 7th July and Wednesday 11th July
Penshaw Monument, Houghton-le-Spring, Tyne and Wear, UK from the series #MerrieAlbion. Currently on show @sidegallery1977 in the group exhibition ‘ABOUT THE NORTH:IMAGINED DIALOGUES’ until September 2018.
Visitors enjoy the view overlooking Herrington Country Park from atop Penshaw Monument. The monument was built in 1844 for the first Earl of Durham, John George Lambton, becoming a National Trust property in 1939. The monument dominates the bucolic landscape, with many sources suggesting it is a half-size replica of the Temple of Hephaestus in Athens. Overlooked by Penshaw Monument is Herrington Country Park, home to one of the former collieries of the Durham Coalfield. When the colliery closed in 1985, soon after Margaret Thatcher’s victory in the miner’s strike, the waste heap was the biggest in North East England. Now a site of industry is transformed to a site of leisure, with walkways, cycle trails, and environmental sculptures. In addition to running a variety of shows, including the North-East Funfair, Herrington Country Park also hosts the annual Miners Memorial Service.
I had the pleasure of seeing the new film by artist Hetain Patel (@patelhetain). ‘Don’t Look at the Finger’ is currently on show at New Art Gallery Walsall. The film follows a ceremonial encounter between a man and a woman that fuses martial arts and sign language. It’s truly mesmerising. Runs until 29 July 2018. There’s also an opportunity to see @mahtabhussain new project ‘Going back to where I came from’ made in association @ikongallery. #newartgallerywalsall
‘Parents’ Race, Margate, 2008’. I was reminded of this photograph, taken during my journeying around the country for #WeEnglish, as this week is Sports Day for two of my children, a long-standing tradition in British primary schools. Events that would not be complete without the parents’ race. So I was amused to read recent news reports that some parents have been using video footage of races to challenge teachers’ verdicts. Several primary schools are now issuing warnings to parents that this is unacceptable behaviour. Well I’m about to dust off my running trainers ready for this Thursday’s sports day! #sportsday#parentsrace#britishlandscape
For the next few days I'll be hanging out on the @eizocolour instagram account. I was one of the judges of this year’s Eizo Student Awards, the winners of which have just been announced. Congratulations to Annabel Lake, Lauren Fearn and Irene Mendez-Cruz. #IGtakeover#photography#EizoTakeover#eizoawards#desertblast. Photograph from my ‘This Land is Your Land Series’ (1999-2002).
In the days after the Grenfell Tower disaster, what was most identifiable was how the local community responded and looked after the needs of survivors. At the makeshift memorials, people gathered to write names and messages of support on the walls. Someone spray-painted “strength” in huge capital letters. People tied ribbons on railings and put flowers in vases. Everyone has been inspired by the dignity of the bereaved families and survivors, and by Grenfell United’s quiet approach to seeking justice. As Seraphima Kennedy writes in the Guardian: “As we pause to reflect on the past year, we should remember all this: the role of the community, how it came together, how it was they who provided the humanitarian response when the government’s was so completely lacking, and how this extended into the weeks and months that followed.” #grenfelltower#grenfellanniversary#justice4grenfell
A 24-hour vigil to mark the first anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire will begin at 6pm today as part of a series of events that will include a nationwide one-minute silence at noon tomorrow (14 June). The names of the 72 victims of the blaze in west London will be read aloud at St Clement’s church, close to the tower block, at 1.30am, the time at which the fire took hold on 14 June last year. This photograph was taken a few days after the fire when local residents were gathering in the shadow of the tower, still visibly in shock. Amidst the outpouring of community feeling there was a volatile sense of grievance in a neighbourhood that felt overlooked and neglected, whose worst fears had suddenly attracted the world’s attention. The estate is located in a predominantly working-class housing complex surrounded by affluent neighbourhoods, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. No other local authority in the country has such a large gap between rich and poor, and given that there were a high number of immigrants in Grenfell Tower, many of us now see the loss of these lives as symbolic of an unjust social order: an emblem of a broken society. #grenfelltower#grenfellanniversary#justice4grenfell
Father and daughter in Grozny, Chechnya, 2005 from my series #Motherland
Military dress code for Russian soldiers stationed at the Khankala army base. Chechnya. Northern Caucasus, 2005 from my series #Motherland
Grozny, which means fearsome in Russian and is the same word as in Ivan Grozny or Ivan the Terrible, is the capital of Chechnya. Fighting between the Russian army and Chechen separatists devastated the city in the mid-1990s and again in 1999. The resulting destruction led to nearly three quarters of the city’s residents fleeing to neighbouring regions like Ingushetia and North Ossetia. The final seizure of the city was set in early February 2000 and in 2003 the United Nations called Grozny the most destroyed city on earth. Since then the city has been rebuilt from scratch. This weekend Chechnya welcomes Egypt’s football team, where they will base their training camp in the preparation for the FIFA World Cup. #chechnya#grozny