Here are some hitherto unpublished photographs (taken early in July) of the hastily prepared Rally in Liverpool in support of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.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.
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.
You can see a short film based on the rally here: #SaveLabour 1
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Photographs of Brick Lane from the 1980s and 2010.
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.
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.
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.
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.