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Liverpool Pride

August 31, 2016

This year thousands marched on the Pride March in Liverpool.

Liverpool Pride 2016

The Rainbow flag above St George’s Hall, Liverpool Pride 2016

I remember going to Gay bars, pubs and clubs in Liverpool in the 1970s. In particular I remember ‘The Bears Paw’, ‘Sadies’ bar & ‘Paco’s bar. At weekends they were crowded out and would stay open until 4am. In those days you could go out for a fiver and still have change left at the end of the evening! They were wild times but attitudes to the LGBT community were entirely different from today. You could walk out of a club and be arrested by the police. Although by then it wasn’t illegal to be gay police harassment was high and people lost their jobs because of their sexuality. It was very moving to attend the march because I remembered what Liverpool (and the rest of the country) was like decades ago. I could hardly believe my eyes as we marched past hundred of cheering and waving scousers. It was a brilliant day. Times have changed but we still have to be on our guard against different kinds of hate such as Racism, Islamaphobia and Homophobia.

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride is an entirely volunteer-led charity seeking to combat homophobia and transphobia across the Liverpool City Region and beyond.

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

 Liverpool Pride, is one of the Liverpool’s most popular events. Established in 2010, Liverpool Pride returned this year for its seventh consecutive year and continues to be one of the city’s most visual and flamboyant events of the summer. The date always coincides with the anniversary of when murdered gay teenager Michael Causer tragically lost his life. The festival was specifically created in his memory as a way to celebrate his life and empower the LGBT communities. The theme for 2016 was Liverpool Icons, and festival goers were encouraged to go along dressed in their most wild and wonderful interpretations of the theme.

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

The iconic backdrop of St George’s Hall was transformed into a colourful festival site for a day of marches, live music and outdoor celebrations.

A Unison member at Liverpool Pride 2016

A Unison member at Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

A Unison member at Liverpool Pride 2016

A Unison member at Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

A Unite member at Liverpool Pride 2016

A Unite member at Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

A Unison member at Liverpool Pride 2016

A Unison member at Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

A Unison member at Liverpool Pride 2016

A Unison member at Liverpool Pride 2016

A Unison member at Liverpool Pride 2016

A Unison member at Liverpool Pride 2016

A Unison member at Liverpool Pride 2016

A Unison member at Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Angela at Liverpool Pride 2016

Angela at Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Protesters at Liverpool Pride 2016

Anti-Gay Protesters at Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Temple Street 2016

Temple Street 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Liverpool Pride 2016

Collage From Photographs (2)

August 30, 2016
Photographs of Barcelona & East London with ink & Acrylic paint 2016

Photographs of Barcelona & East London with ink, Acrylic paint & pencil 2016

 Portrait photograph & Barcelona with ink & Acrylic paint 2016

Portrait photograph & Barcelona with ink & Acrylic paint 2016

Photographs of Marrakesh & East London with ink & Acrylic paint 2016

Photographs of Marrakesh & East London with ink & Acrylic paint 2016

Barcelona & East London with ink & Acrylic paint 2016

Photographs of Liverpool & East London with ink & Acrylic paint 2016

Photographs of Athens & East London with ink & Acrylic paint 2016

Photographs of Athens & East London with ink & Acrylic paint 2016

Photographs of Barcelona & East London with ink & Acrylic paint 2016

Photographs of Barcelona & East London with ink & Acrylic paint 2016

Photographs of Athens & East London with ink & Acrylic paint 2016

Photographs of Athens & East London with ink & Acrylic paint 2016

Photographs of Barcelona & East London with ink & Acrylic paint 2016

Photographs of Barcelona & Bangladesh with ink, Acrylic paint & pencil 2016

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Corbyn Rally In Liverpool Revisited

August 29, 2016

Here are some hitherto unpublished photographs (taken early in July) of the hastily prepared Rally in Liverpool in support of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. The rally expanded into thousands outside BBC radio Merseyside and the organisers had to move supporters to Church Street as the crowd swelled to around 5,000.

Since July support for Jeremy Corbyn on Merseyside has increased substantially.

Outside BBC Radio Merseyside

Outside BBC Radio Merseyside

Ross Quinn (Unite) speaking outside BBC Radio Merseyside

Ross Quinn (Unite) speaking outside BBC Radio Merseyside

The Rally was held outside the BBC because of their biased reporting against Corbyn which has intensified since the attempted coup against him in parliament.

Cllr Peter Mitchell speaking outside BBC Radio Merseyside

Cllr Peter Mitchell speaking outside BBC Radio Merseyside

Outside BBC Radio Merseyside

Outside BBC Radio Merseyside

Outside BBC Radio Merseyside

Outside BBC Radio Merseyside

Audrey White outside BBC Radio Merseyside

Audrey White outside BBC Radio Merseyside

Outside BBC Radio Merseyside

Outside BBC Radio Merseyside

Hazuan Hashim (camera) & Michael Hayden (sound) outside BBC Radio Merseyside

Hazuan Hashim (camera) & Michael Hayden (sound) outside BBC Radio Merseyside

On the march to Church Street

On the march to Church Street

In Church Street

In Church Street

In Church Street

In Church Street

In Church Street

In Church Street

In Church Street

In Church Street

Val Colvin in Church Street

Val Colvin in Church Street

In Church Street

In Church Street

In Church Street

In Church Street

In Church Street

In Church Street

You can see a short film based on the rally here: #SaveLabour 1

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Brick Lane in the 1980s & 2010

August 28, 2016

Photographs of Brick Lane from the 1980s and 2010.

Brick Lane 2010

Brick Lane 2010

Brick Lane c.1989

Brick Lane c.1989

Brick Lane 2010

Brick Lane 2010

Brick Lane c.1985

Brick Lane c.1985

Brick Lane 2010

Brick Lane 2010

Corner of Brick Lane & Sclater Street c.1985

Corner of Brick Lane & Sclater Street c.1985

Brick Lane 2010

Brick Lane 2010

Brick Lane c.1982

Brick Lane c.1982

Brick Lane 2010

Brick Lane 2010

Brick Lane c.1989

Brick Lane c.1989

Dhaka, Bangladesh 4th ‘Least Liveable City On Earth’ ?

August 27, 2016

Each year different league tables are constructed by western ‘analysts’ on how different countries are performing in relation to each other. The latest report by the The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Ranking provides scores for lifestyle challenges in 140 cities. Jon Copestake, editor of the report, said: ‘The latest rankings paint a very somber picture. We are seeing greater instability around the world including unrest in the U.S., political disruption in Turkey and Thailand and geopolitical disputes in Eastern Europe and Asia.’ According to the report Dhaka sits 4th from the bottom of the table at 137th place. I am skeptical about the point of such reports. There always seems to be an implication that a low ranking country is inferior to the rest of the world. There is never any analysis of loaded trade arrangements and the roles of multi-national companies in the economies of poorer countries. There is no analysis of the causes of global inequality.

I’ve always found Dhaka a welcoming and civilized place of culture. The poorest struggle to survive and the rich have an easy time but to describe it as one of the ‘least liveable’ places on earth is, to say the least, simplistic and an injustice.

Dhaka Bangladsh c.1992

Dhaka Bangladsh c.1992

Photomontage: London & Dhaka 2010

Photomontage: London & Dhaka 2010

Dhaka Bangladesh 2009

Dhaka Bangladesh 2009

Dhaka c.1994

Dhaka c.1994

Dhaka Bangladesh 2008

Dhaka Bangladesh 2008

Dhaka Bangladesh c.1994

Dhaka Bangladesh c.1994

Dhaka Bangladesh 2008

Dhaka Bangladesh 2008

Dhaka Bangladesh 1992

Dhaka Bangladesh 1992

Photonontage: New York and Dhaka 2009

Photonontage: New York and Dhaka 2009

Dhaka, Bangladesh c.1992

Dhaka, Bangladesh c.1992

School outside Dhaka, Bangladesh 2008

School outside Dhaka, Bangladesh 2008

The students in the photograph (above) were planting, with scores of other pupils, hundreds of trees as part of their practical education in sustainability and flood prevention.

Dhaka, Bangladesh c.1992

Dhaka, Bangladesh c.1992

London & Dhaka Photomontage 2009

London & Dhaka Photomontage 2009

Dhaka, Bangladesh c. 1992

Dhaka, Bangladesh c. 1992

Collage From Photographs

August 26, 2016

I miss printing photographs in the darkroom. The second bedroom in my Tower block flat in Whitechapel doubled as a darkroom for many years. Once the red light and music was switched on I was in photography heaven. The nearest I get sensually to the darkroom experience is through creating collages using images from my archive. I’ve always been interested in posters, graffiti and art found on walls in cities around the world; the images I’ve photographed on the wall are often the basis for the start of a collage. Once I’ve selected an image I will print it onto card using a black & white laser jet printer. Next I will add some acrylic paint and ink and then tear an image from one of my published photography books. Sometimes I will use a torn ‘test strip’ from my dark room days; fortunately I kept many test strips. Once I’ve glued the image to the card I will then scan the completed collage ready for printing as a limited edition print.

A wall in Whitechapel East London 2016

A wall in Whitechapel East London 2016

The finished collage 2016

The finished collage 2016

A man sitting next to a wall in Athens 2005

A man sitting next to a wall in Athens 2005

The finished collage 2016

The finished collage 2016

A wall in Whitechapel East London 2009

A wall in Whitechapel East London 2009

The finished collage 2016

The finished collage 2016

Posters on the wall in Stepney East London 2009

Posters on the wall in Stepney East London 2009

The finished collage 2016

The finished collage 2016

A wall in Whitechapel East London 2007

A wall in Whitechapel East London 2007

A wall in Whitechapel East London 2007

The finished collage 2016

A wall in Brick Lane East London 2007

A wall in Brick Lane East London 2007

The finished collage 2016

The finished collage 2016

A metal gate off Brick Lane East London 2007

A metal gate off Brick Lane East London 2007

The finished collage 2016

The finished collage 2016

A window in Budapest 2006

A window in Budapest 2006

The finished collage 2016

The finished collage 2016

A playground Wall in Polar East London 2006

A playground Wall in Poplar East London 2006

The finished collage 2016

The finished collage 2016

Melaka In Malaysia

August 25, 2016

I’ve visited Melaka many times. These photographs were taken earlier this year.

In 2008 UNESCO listed Melaka as a world heritage site. Melaka was founded around 1400 by a former prince from Sumatra (who ended up in Malacca during an escape attempt in that area). Malacca turned out to have a very good strategic position, and not long after the foundation the influx of merchant ships from India and China started. During that time Malacca grew into one of the major ports in South-East Asia today. In 1511 the Portuguese traders first set foot on the Melakan soil. In 1641 the Portuguese gave up their power struggle (and war) with the Dutch and from that time onwards Melaka was under Dutch reign. Only a few years later, the English gained control over the area (after the Netherlands traded this region with the English for parts of Indonesia). The British rule lasted until 1957, when Malaysia was formed and Melaka continued as a semi autonomous province.

Melaka 2016

Melaka 2016

Melaka 2016

Melaka 2016

Melaka 2016

Melaka 2016

Melaka 2016

Melaka 2016

Melaka 2016

Melaka 2016

Melaka 2016

Melaka 2016

Melaka 2016

Melaka 2016

Melaka 2016

Melaka 2016

Melaka 2016

Melaka 2016

Melaka 2016

Melaka 2016

Melaka 2016

Melaka 2016

Melaka 2016

Melaka 2016

Melaka 2016

Melaka 2016

Melaka 2016

Melaka 2016