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Various Hats

January 22, 2018
Man with a hat. Mile End Road. East London 2010.

Man with a hat. Mile End Road. East London 2010.

Underground 2012

Passenger wearing a hat on the underground. London 2012.

Man in a wollen hat. Blackpool 2017.

Man in a woollen hat. Blackpool 2017.

Paris 2002

Man in a hat. Paris 2002.

Hat. Aintree 2017.

Man wearing a hat. Aintree 2017.

Brick Lane 2012

Man in a woolen hat. Brick Lane, East London 2012.

Brick Lane c. 1991

Woman wearing a hat. Brick Lane, East London 1991.

Michael and Hazuan, Brick Lane 2004

Michael and Hazuan wearing hats on Brick Lane, East London 2004.

Man with a hat and bananas, Brick Lane London c.1991

Man with a hat and bananas. Brick Lane, East London 1991.

Hat. Aintree 2017.

Woman wearing a hat. Aintree 2017.

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The next screening of the feature length documentary ‘Austerity Fight’ will be on Friday 2nd February 2018 at 7 pm at the Plaza Community Cinema, 13 Crosby Road North, Waterloo, L22 0LD. Emily Thornberry MP will be speaking after the film. Get your tickets here: Austerity Fight

You can support a feature length film I am helping to make about pensioners and their campaigns here: Pensioners United.

Liverpool January 2018 (3)

January 21, 2018
Picton Road. Liverpool, January 2017.

Picton Road. Liverpool, January 2018.

Wavertree High Street. Liverpool, January 2017.

Wavertree High Street. Liverpool, January 2018.

Picton clock. Liverpool, January 2017.

Picton clock. Liverpool, January 2018.

Wavertree Co-Op. Liverpool, January 2017.

Wavertree Co-Op. Liverpool, January 2018.

Shop entrance on Wavertree High Street. Liverpool, January 2017.

Shop entrance on Wavertree High Street. Liverpool, January 2018.

Crossing Wavertree High Street. Liverpool, January 2017.

Crossing Wavertree High Street. Liverpool, January 2018.

Evening in a cab. Liverpool, January 2017.

Evening in a cab. Liverpool, January 2018.

Taking the dog for a walk in Sandown Lane. Liverpool, January 2018.

Taking the dog for a walk in Sandown Lane. Liverpool, January 2018.

Frosted plant in Wavertree High Street. Liverpool, January 2017.

Frosted plant in Wavertree High Street. Liverpool, January 2018.

Man with a shadow on Wavertree High Street. Liverpool, January 2018.

Man with a shadow on Wavertree High Street. Liverpool, January 2018.

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The next screening of the feature length documentary ‘Austerity Fight’ will be on Friday 2nd February 2018 at 7 pm at the Plaza Community Cinema, 13 Crosby Road North, Waterloo, L22 0LD. Emily Thornberry MP will be speaking after the film. Get your tickets here: Austerity Fight

You can support a feature length film I am helping to make about pensioners and their campaigns here: Pensioners United.

Fascinating Trees

January 20, 2018

Trees have always held a fascination for me as a photographer. The oldest tree ever discovered is approximately 5,000 years old. The tree has always been a cultural symbol. Common icons are the World tree, for instance Yggdrasil, and the tree of life. The tree is often used to represent nature or the environment itself. 99% of a tree’s mass comes from the air.

New York 2005

Trees in Central Park. New York 2005.

Bangladesh 1995

Boats shelter from the sun under a tree in Bangladesh, 1995.

Wavertree Park 2016

Trees in Wavertree Park. Liverpool 2016.

Trees along the river bank, Bangladesh 1994.Trees along the river bank, Bangladesh 1994.

Melaka 2015

Trees in Melaka, Malaysia 2015.

Wavertree Park 2016

Trees in Wavertree Park 2016.

Wavertree Park tree detail with aircraft 2017

Wavertree Park, Liverpool. Tree detail with aircraft 2017.

Light fades. Wavertree park, Liverpool 2017.

Light fades beneath trees. Wavertree park, Liverpool 2017.

Spire with trees. St Mary's Church Wavertree, Liverpool 2017.

Spire with trees. St Mary’s Church Wavertree, Liverpool 2017.

Wavertree trees. Acrylic on print on card. 2017.

‘Trees with red’. Mixed media 2017.

Found decomposing leaf. Wavertree Liverpool 2017.

Scan of a found decomposing leaf. Wavertree Liverpool 2017.

Autumn colours in Wavertree. Liverpool, November 2017.

Autumn colours of a tree in Wavertree. Liverpool, November 2017.

The next screening of the feature length documentary ‘Austerity Fight’ will be on Friday 2nd February 2018 at 7 pm at the Plaza Community Cinema, 13 Crosby Road North, Waterloo, L22 0LD. Emily Thornberry MP will be speaking after the film. Get your tickets here: Austerity Fight

You can support a feature length film I am helping to make about pensioners and their campaigns here: Pensioners United.

A Night Out At The Phil

January 19, 2018
Conductor receives applause from the audience after the first half of a performance of the Messiah by Handel. Liverpool, January 2018.

Conductor Nicholas Kraemer receives applause from the audience after the first half of a performance of the Messiah by Handel. Liverpool, January 2018.

In the Philharmonic bar during the interval. Liverpool, January 2018.

In the Philharmonic bar during the interval. Liverpool, January 2018.

Windows in the Philharmonic bar. Liverpool, January 2018.

Windows in the Philharmonic bar. Liverpool, January 2018.

In the Philharmonic bar during the interval. Liverpool, January 2018.

In the Philharmonic bar during the interval. Liverpool, January 2018.

In the Philharmonic bar during the interval. Liverpool, January 2018.

In the Philharmonic bar during the interval. Liverpool, January 2018.

Windows in the Philharmonic bar. Liverpool, January 2018.

Windows in the Philharmonic bar. Liverpool, January 2018.

In the Philharmonic bar during the interval. Liverpool, January 2018.

In the Philharmonic bar during the interval. Liverpool, January 2018.

Windows in the Philharmonic bar. Liverpool, January 2018.

Windows in the Philharmonic bar. Liverpool, January 2018.

Soloists receive applause from the audience at the end of the concert. Liverpool, January 2018.

Soloists receive applause from the audience at the end of the concert. Liverpool, January 2018.

at the end of the concert. Liverpool, January 2018.

Soprano Sarah Tynan leaves the stage at the end of the concert. Liverpool, January 2018.

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The next screening of the feature length documentary ‘Austerity Fight’ will be on Friday 2nd February 2018 at 7 pm at the Plaza Community Cinema, 13 Crosby Road North, Waterloo, L22 0LD. Emily Thornberry MP will be speaking after the film. Get your tickets here: Austerity Fight

You can support a feature length film I am helping to make about pensioners and their campaigns here: Pensioners United.

Looking Back On Brick Lane (6)

January 18, 2018
Brick Lane c. 1984

Brick Lane. East London 1984.

Brick Lane c. 1983

Brick Lane. East London 1983.

Brick Lane c. 1983

Brick Lane. East London 1983.

Brick Lane c. 1985

Sunday market on Brick Lane. East London 1985.

Whitechapel c. 1983

Sunday market on Brick Lane. East London 1983.

Spitalfields festival. Brick Lane 1985.

Spitalfields festival. Brick Lane. East London 1985.

Brick Lane c.1984

Spitalfields festival. Brick Lane. East London 1985.

Brick Lane c.1985

Ice cream on Brick Lane. East London 1985.

Brick Lane 1986

Demonstration on Brick Lane. East London 1986.

Brick Lane c.1983

Brick Lane. East London 1983.

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The next screening of the feature length documentary ‘Austerity Fight’ will be on Friday 2nd February 2018 at 7 pm at the Plaza Community Cinema, 13 Crosby Road North, Waterloo, L22 0LD. Emily Thornberry MP will be speaking after the film. Get your tickets here: Austerity Fight

You can support a feature length film I am helping to make about pensioners and their campaigns here: Pensioners United.

Brick Lane, Afia Begum & Jeremy Corbyn In 1984

January 17, 2018

In 1984 the government decided to deport Afia Begum and her baby to Bangladesh following the tragic death of her husband in a house fire. There was a huge demonstration in the East End that started and finished on Brick Lane outside the police station. Despite the campaign Afia was deported. The issue was raised in parliament by a young Jeremy Corbyn who said:

“Mrs. Begum has a perfect legal right to be in this country as the wife of somebody who had permanent residence in the country. On 15 March 1982, her husband, Abdul Hamid, was tragically killed in a fire in their tenement house in the east end. Further to that, Mrs. Begum arrived in this country and was told by the Home Office that the basis on which she would be allowed to stay in this country had in fact changed. Since then, she has been the subject of an unremitting war waged by the Home Office to try to ensure that she is deported from this country. An unprecedented number of representations have been made by Members of both Houses of Parliament asking that she be allowed to remain permanently in this country in order to look after her baby and to care for her sick and elderly father. For the last year, she has been in hiding while the Home Office has been hounding her like a criminal throughout London.

Last Thursday morning, at 6 o’clock, a police raid was made on the house where she was staying with her daughter, and she was picked up. Further urgent representations were made to the Home Office by a number of hon. Members asking that she be not deported. Indeed, on Thursday evening, my hon. Friend the Member for Leyton (Mr. Cohen) and I attended the Home Office to plead her case. We were informed on Friday afternoon, after the House had risen, that our representations had fallen on deaf ears and that Mrs. Begum was to be deported the following morning.

We have since learnt that, during the afternoon of Friday, Mrs. van den Heuvel, the leader of the Socialist group in the Dutch Parliament, sent a telegram to the Home Office saying that she would be making an application to the Dutch Ministry of Justice yesterday morning to ask that Mrs. Begum be allowed temporary leave to remain in the Netherlands while her case was heard at the European Court of Human Rights.

My reasons for making this application, Mr. Speaker, are that it is unprecedented for somebody to be deported from this country while the case is before the European Court of Human Rights—it is due to hear the case later this month—and while there is a Bill before the House which, if it were carried—it has already been given a Second Reading—would have the effect of altering the law to prevent the Home Secretary from changing the basis on which somebody is regarded as resident in this country.

Those are the reasons, Mr. Speaker, together with widespread disquiet about the way in which this poor woman and her baby have been hounded by the Home Office and by immigration officials, and thrown out of this country, after being dragged from their home at 6 o’clock in the morning, and the fury that runs through the Asian and Caribbean community in this country that —compared with the way that the Government bent over backwards to bring Zola Budd here at the drop of a hat, because she was white and was from South Africa — Mrs. Begum, the widow of somebody tragically killed in  a fire who, if her husband was still alive, would have a perfect right to stay here, has been bundled out of the country as if she were a criminal. She is no criminal but a victim of circumstances.

I believe that a debate is necessary so that the Home Secretary can answer for his actions in this matter, and we can tell the House that we want Mrs. Begum back here until the case has been heard at the European Court of Human Rights and that we want her status as a resident of this country to be restored, instead of the disgraceful way in which she has been treated.

The speaker replied:

“The hon. Member asks leave to move the Adjournment of the House for the purpose of discussing a specific and important matter that he thinks should have urgent consideration, namely, the deportation of Afia Begum from the United Kingdom last Saturday. I have listened carefully to what the hon. Member has said, but I regret that I do not consider that the matter which he has raised is appropriate for discussion under Standing Order No. 10. I cannot, therefore, submit his application to the House.”

Jeremy Corbyn accompanied Afia and her baby to Heathrow airport and tried to persuade immigration officials that she had a legal right to stay in the UK. Unfortunately, she was deported.

Brick Lane c.1983

Crowds gather for the demonstration on Brick Lane. East London 1984.

Brick Lane c.1983

Young BMX cyclists gather for the demonstration on Brick Lane. East London 1984.

Brick Lane c.1983

Crowds gather for the demonstration on Brick Lane. East London 1984.

Brick Lane c.1983

Young BMX cyclists gather for the demonstration on Brick Lane. East London 1984.

Brick Lane c.1983

People gather for the demonstration on Brick Lane. East London 1984.

Brick Lane c.1983

People gather for the demonstration on Brick Lane. East London 1984.

Brick Lane c.1983

People gather for the demonstration on Brick Lane. East London 1984.

Brick Lane c.1983

People gather for the demonstration on Brick Lane. East London 1984.

Brick Lane c.1983

People gather for the demonstration on Brick Lane. East London 1984.

Brick Lane c.1983

Crowds gather for the demonstration on Brick Lane. East London 1984.

Demonstration against the deportation of Afia Begum 1982

Demonstration against the deportation of Afia Begum. Whitechapel Road, East London 1984.

Demonstration against the deportation of Afia Begum 1982

Demonstration against the deportation of Afia Begum. Whitechapel Road, East London 1984.

The demonstration concluded outside Brick Lane Police station.

The demonstration concluded outside Brick Lane Police station.

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The next screening of the feature length documentary ‘Austerity Fight’ will be on Friday 2nd February 2018 at 7 pm at the Plaza Community Cinema, 13 Crosby Road North, Waterloo, L22 0LD. Emily Thornberry MP will be speaking after the film. Get your tickets here: Austerity Fight

You can support a feature length film I am helping to make about pensioners and their campaigns here: Pensioners United.

On The Bus In Liverpool (5)

January 16, 2018
On the bus. Liverpool, October 2017.

On the bus. Liverpool, October 2017.

Getting on the bus. Liverpool December 2017.

Getting on the bus. Liverpool December 2017.

Man with headphones getting off the bus. Liverpool, December 2017.

Man with headphones getting off the bus. Liverpool, December 2017.

Man with a cap on the bus. Liverpool, October 2017.

Man with a cap on the bus. Liverpool, October 2017.

Waiting at a bus stop in Old Swan. Liverpool, November 2017.

Waiting at a bus stop in Old Swan. Liverpool, November 2017.

Woman with a pushchair on the bus. Liverpool, October 2017.

Woman with a pushchair on the bus. Liverpool, October 2017.

Climbing the stairs on the bus. Liverpool, October 2017.

Climbing the stairs on the bus. Liverpool, October 2017.

Man waiting at a bus stop on Wavertree High Street. Liverpool, December 2017.

Man waiting at a bus stop on Wavertree High Street. Liverpool, December 2017.

Man with his shopping on the bus. Liverpool, October 2017.

Man with his shopping on the bus. Liverpool, October 2017.

Liverpool, October 2017.

Getting off the bus. Liverpool, October 2017.

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The next screening of the feature length documentary ‘Austerity Fight’ will be on Friday 2nd February 2018 at 7 pm at the Plaza Community Cinema, 13 Crosby Road North, Waterloo, L22 0LD. Emily Thornberry MP will be speaking after the film. Get your tickets here: Austerity Fight

You can support a feature length film I am helping to make about pensioners and their campaigns here: Pensioners United.