Brexit Britain No. 11

Yesterday was a funny old day.  On the one hand we had the performance artist known as the Prime Minister doing another gig in Europe where she repeated her strong and stable act.   Only this time the penny dropped to the other European Union political leaders that she can’t be relied on to deliver anything so they went into panic mode.  Apparently the one good thing about the European Council meeting was the Luxembourg   Prime Minister’s green velvet jacket.  Just to top things off the Prime Minister then retracted almost every word of her address to the nation from the night before.  Of course this being Theresa May sorry is the hardest word so she didn’t say that.

Away from the bright lights of Brussels I spent an enjoyable day in Derby with the ever knowledgeable David Manley as we visited quite a number of the venues that make up the Format Photography   Festival.   (If you want to a fuller review of the show I’m sure David will be putting something together so why not pop over to his blog to see.)

Even here Brexit influenced a number of the exhibitions but as we walked around the city centre I started to notice that there was a much more telling Brexit motif – most of the visitors were either 6th form or foundation course students who never got the chance to vote on Brexit and yet are the ones whose lives would be most affected by whatever is the final outcome of this whole sorry nonsense.

With this in mind perhaps the most powerful exhibition was 16 at Market Hall.   Here we see a series of photographs of 16 year olds from around the country and they get to say what their hopes and fears are for the future.   Unlike some people I have great faith in the next generation if for no other reasons they can’t be as bat shit crazy as us so you would hope that well there is hope.  After all, as Whitney Houston sang, “…the children are our future…”.

David Runciman, the leading academic from the University of Cambridge believes that we, the older generation, are screwing over the subsequent generation because: a) we control most of the wealth & b) we never had that many children so we out number the young when it comes to voting at elections thus the policies are skewed towards meeting our needs rather than theirs.  I will leave others to debate  the rights and wrongs of that but as we make another mess of the whole Brexit process you have to think he has a point.

So if you have a day free then take a trip to the Format Festival at Derby it is well worth the time and effort.  So are the youngsters of today because remember we were once them – just as feckless and unconcerned about the future i.e when you are in your 20’s!

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Wasn’t Me…


Heard the words that I told her (It wasn’t me)
Heard the screams get louder (It wasn’t me)


Seems Nurse Ratched isn’t happy and it is all the fault of the inmates.  Still it isn’t her fault.

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Brexit Britain No. 10


“…Everyone wants some magical solution for their problem and everyone refuses to believe in magic…”

Mad Hatter – Alice in Wonderland

As everyday passess the whole Brexit debate gets more and more absurd.  I believe this to be a statement that everyone can agree on whether they want Brexit or not.  I haven’t got the first clue how to get around all the conundrums associated with Brexit and really if I did nobody would listen to me so all I can report on is what Britain is like as this political shitstorm dribbles down over us all.

Yesterday I was at the NEC for the annual Photography Show (now with added video – my addition.)   As usual I spent more time looking at the people attending the show than the exhibitor’s wares.  Certainly on weekdays we photographers seem to be a pretty similar bunch: white males who appear to have seen more summers than we would have liked.  Most of the women appear to have attended as the plus one rather than have any great enthusiasm (I’m sure this is a great misunderstanding on my part but that was the impression I got).

Perhaps the most entertaining part of the show was away from the large corporate stands of the camera manufacturers  and in the myriad small stalls who had any number of things and service to plug that were in someway photography related even if that was at the most tangential.  But of course the best thing about the whole show was that for a few hours we could all get away from Brexit and talk F stop and dynamic range.

As I walked around the show I seemed to be the only photographer who was trying to document what was going on before him.  This was a shame  as I have to say there was a treasure trove of photographic opportunities.


But perhaps the image I like the most from the day was this one from the Hahnemuhle stand.  Here we find two men in deep conversation about something which appears to have shocked the large lima behind them.  However, to the side Brian Blessed seems to find the whole thing totally amusing.

Isn’t life absurd? This is the only way I can explain Brexit.  Meaningful vote 3 anyone?

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Another week starts and given the way things are developing it is unclear where we will be by Friday.  Oh Brexit the gift that just keeps on giving.


‘One of my dunderheads,’ Connie Sachs explained to Smiley

Not sure which of the Oxford educated members of the Cabinet this would apply to?

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Images à la sauvette…


I’m working on a new book about my Street Photography.   It is very much in the development stage at the moment and may never see the light of day.   Part of the process is to delve deep into my photographic archive to see what I might find buried there.  Whilst doing this I came across this image I captured probably in the late 1970’s or early 1980’s.  At first I thought it was just another photograph then I took a closer look and I noticed that he is looking at page 3 of The Sun which, if you weren’t aware, was famous/infamous for topless nude women.  Now whether this is what Cartier-Bresson had in mind when he published his book Images à la sauvette it certainly was an image taken on the fly (or sly depending on which translation you want to believe).  Whether it was a Decisive Moment I will let you decide.

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Brexit Britain No. 09

It is very easy in these days of total confusion about WTF is happening in Westminster to forget that life goes on.  Perhaps the most surprising thing so far is just how little the nonsense is affecting life outside the bubble.  Should we crash out with no deal then that will undoubtedly change (you can choose whether that will be for the better worse.  regular readers of this blog will know my views.)   With just two weeks, yes only two weeks, to go before we leave the European Union things still feel very very normal.

Self denial or common sense?  Only time will tell.

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Brexit Britain No. 08

What more can be said?

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