2nd February 2014
Holy Trinity Church, Beechwood Rd, London E8 3DY
Grimaldi Clown’s Service
It’s all very encouraging that relentless technological advances have given so many people the opportunity to unleash their previously undiscovered photographic talents, but for the thousands of new ‘Citizen Journalists’ and Instagram stars, it doesn’t automatically give you the right to all swan in front of the children that have been waiting patiently for a good hour or so to get an unobstructed view of the Chinese New Year Parade, or to charge around disrespectfully in a place of worship in order to get a ‘unique’ shot of the colourful attendees at the annual Clowns Service.
Sorry – it’s been one of those days: In the West End thousands of people are filling the streets – even at 10 .00am on a Sunday – to enjoy the parade launching the Year of the Horse celebrations (hence all the walking equines), and there are an awful lot of photographers there.
A few hours later, in Dalston, hundreds of people are crowding into the Holy Trinity Church – for the last time, it transpires – for the annual Grimaldi Memorial Service, attended by lots of traditional and ‘new’ clowns (well, it is Dalston, after all…) and outnumbered by even more photographers [in case you’re wondering, this photographer followed the service on a screen in the back room]. Let’s hope things quieten down at the new venue. Oh.
It’s enough to make you weep…