23rd January 2010

Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5NJ

To the casual bystander, this must have looked like a particularly incestuous gathering: a large group of photographers taking photographs of another large group of photographers taking photographs of them. With a few transvestite nuns thrown in for good measure. This is, in fact, a serious demonstration aiming to raise awareness of the rights of…

16th December 2014

Borough Market, Southwark St, London SE1 1TJ

Not wanting to be critical of the usually wonderful Borough Market (there can’t be many places on this planet that has a broader selection of cheeses, and then the pies…), but on this particular occasion one’s whelm experience is weighted quite heavily towards the under. For a start, if you’re going to publicise an event as a…

14th January 2006

Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5NJ

Back in the early Noughties, when everyone was Best Friends with everyone else, then London mayor Ken Livingstone proclaimed there would be a Russian Winter Festival in London every year (as long as he remained Mayor). Well that didn’t last long – although the official explanation for the no show in 2009 was the recent…

20th February 2000

Bankside, London SE1 9JB

This is the sort of image you might expect to see in a promotional shot for a science fiction film, or maybe to illustrate some sort of philosophical treatise on the theme of ‘heading into the unknown’ – which you could argue would have been quite apt considering the undertaking in question [not that we’d…

31st January 2015

Newington Butts, London SE1 6EB

A grey, drizzly and cold afternoon in late January is probably not the ideal time to arrange an important public demonstration, but there are still a good number of hardy concerned individuals gathering here in this miserable weather in order to [try and] get their message across. We’ve been on this patch of land before…

1st January 2013

Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5EA

It has been known for one or two people to complain about the preponderance of US marching bands and cheerleaders filling out London’s New Year Parade, but let’s be honest: without them it would be a much shorter and duller experience, and who knows – maybe for some of the participants, their brief sojourn in…

13th January 2005

Nelson Square, London SE1 0LT

Despite all the talk of The Decisive Moment that fellow Cartier Bresson used to bang on about, sometimes it’s pure fluke that you happen to be in the right place at the right time and the eye-brain-finger co-ordination is, for once, on the ball. So, in this case we have the tantalising combination of low,…

1st February 2009

Chandos Place, London WC2N 4HS

It wasn’t all that long ago that you could attend an event in London like, say, Chinese New Year and, for most of the event, you’d be able to move around fairly comfortably. However, sometime around the mid-noughties everyone and their dog suddenly felt the urge to get out and make the most of a…

8th January 2003

Primrose Hill, London NW3 3AX

Us Londoners are a resilient lot, as has been well documented, and there is no better example of how we laugh in the face of adversity as when the elements try to do their worst – in this case when the wintery conditions become so extreme that the city becomes enveloped in at least one…

9th December 2012

Greenwich Park, London SE3 7BN

Residents of this area of London are not unfamiliar with the use of its local park by members of the sporting elite, most noticeably by providing the starting point of the city’s annual marathon, which the locals seem to welcome with open arms, and more recently by providing the venue for the equestrian competitions in the London…