A series I am lucky enough to be working on alongside Keith Lewis, Features Editor of the Brixtonblog, to appear in the coming months in the Brixton Bugle and on the Brixtonblog.
Excerpt from December’s issue of the Brixtonbugle:
This is the first of a series in which our Features Editor, Keith Lewis, along with Photographer, Jeannine Mansell, meet some of the residents of Cressingham Gardens.
‘The Old Curiosity Shop. That’s what my sisters call it,’ says David from his easy chair. He’s surveying his own living room in his one bedroom council flat on Bodley Manor Walk.
His sisters had all moved down to Devon years back so he was on his own up here.
‘They’re into this, what do you call it… minim… min..?’
‘Minimalism?’ I interject.
‘Yeh, that’s it,’ he says. ‘Minimalism.’
But in David’s flat you can barely see the wallpaper for paraphernalia. And a large veneer dresser covers half of the back wall. On top of it sits a replica of a dark green LNER steam engine. And a model Laurel and Hardy.
I ask David how long he’s been here.
“Let me see. Since nineteen-eighty,’ he says. ‘Before that I was in that old tenement building up by Lambeth North station, before it was pulled down. Of course, I’m from Lancashire originally.’
That seems to explain the steam engine.
‘Been married and what have you. Got divorced. Lancashire was too small for all that,’ he laughs.
I notice two model barges on top of a pine bookshelf.
‘I used to run the canals,’ he tells me, and invites me out into the hallway to investigate. There’s a tea towel hanging on the wall with a map of the UK’s canal network on it. His finger follows the Grand Union, which David recalls with enthusiastic energy.
As we sit back down I notice a telephone which has it’s own fabric cover in the form of Disney’s goofy.
I ask David why he didn’t follow his sisters.
‘Could have got a place down there I guess, if I’d registered myself disabled. But I didn’t want to do that’ he says. ‘Anyway, I’ve always liked it here. I’m lucky with my neighbours.’
cont… at: http://www.brixtonblog.com/faces-cressingham-part-one-meet-david/18894
Tonight London paid tribute to one of the greatest leaders and most inspirational humans to grace this earth. Rest in peace Mandela – we celebrate your life, love for South Africa, incredible ability to truly forgive and all that you achieved in uniting our beautiful country. I hope your spirit will inspire others for centuries to come and that your legacy shall be honoured.
To all other world leaders – look at how the world mourns and celebrates this man; surely you need no further guidance as to what qualities you need to aspire to in order to have your country’s heart, soul and admiration.
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Shots taken for the Brixtonblog. Protestors angry at Lambeth College’s sell-off of its Brixton campus took to the streets on 20th November, marching through the streets of Brixton before disrupting a full council meeting taking place in Lambeth Town Hall.
I love where I live. An incredible display put on by Lambeth Council…always make me appreciate this beautiful city we live in. It’s every photographer’s dream when light plays around you like this.
Iris & James asked me to take my camera along to their wedding reception…what an incredibly festive night of celebrating a couple’s love – a glam party spirit that pounded through to the early hours of the morning.
Having only arrived in this country under Labour in 2000; I was completely unprepared for the outpouring of anger and emotion triggered by the death of Margaret Thatcher. As the party exploded on the night of her death in Windrush Square in my home neighbourhood of Brixton I worked to capture the sense of celebration that stung the air that night – a celebration of death. Heady raucous chants of “Maggie Maggie Maggie Dead Dead Dead” were chanted by all ages as cameras flashed and banners were strung. Children aped their parents as laughter and screams of jubilation filled the square. It felt a lurid display of the hate that many felt towards one of the most divisive leaders in British politics.
Saturday 13th April’s ‘death party’ in Trafalgar Square was Brixton on a bigger more frenzied scale and this time the police had their hands full as the crowd fed off each other’s energy and revellers climbed and danced on the balustrades of The National Gallery. The miners, who truly felt the brunt of her policies, came with their banner and departed peacefully after a few statements to visiting reporters while others raged into the drizzly night. Her death fuelled a heady madness I’d not experienced in a crowd before. I had to wonder how many there really understood the impact of her policies and how many were just on others coattails looking for any opportunity to give two fingers up to the establishment.
The Iron Lady’s hotly debated ceremonial funeral on Wednesday 17th April brought out the true well heeled blues and the young vocal socialists. The majority that lined the streets that day were there to pay their respects or were just plain curious as they snapped away on a mobile device; images sure to spread all over social media within minutes of her coffin passing by. I stood in the centre of a pocket of protesters at Ludgate Circus; a number of whom turned their back in peaceful protest while others chanted “What a waste of money” and still some screamed an eerie “Dead dead dead” as her coffin passed. Walking from Ludgate up towards St Paul’s I felt myself step over a clear divide in British society – it was as if visiting two vastly different tribes; continents apart.
France, September 2012.
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Cambodia is still a male dominated society where education for women was considered unnecessary in the past and domestic violence remains rife today. The Cambodian Ministry of Women’s Affairs has committed itself to the fight against domestic violence, the promotion of gender equality and empowerment of women and they; along with other grass root female campaigners; are slowly changing the perception of the role of women in Cambodian society today.
I was asked to come down and take some behind the scenes shots on the set of the promotional film shoot for A Family Affair – the creative trio fundraising for Macmillan Cancer support by cycling from Lands End to John O’Groats.
Check out their awesome journey and inspiring fundraising efforts at: http://afamilyaffair.myshopify.com/
August 2010 - Famed in Eddy Grant’s 1983 “Electric Ave” and for being the first market street in London to be lit by electricity, the Electric Ave of today is often passed by in the rush between Sainsbury’s and H&M. This series was mostly shot on early summer mornings before the commuter rush over a 3 week period and was an opportunity to explore an Electric Ave unknown to most Brixtonites. This is an ongoing project.
“Girl & her brother” was selected to be exhibited alongside 9 other photos exploring human rights themes in a competition held by The Ritzy as part of their Human Rights Film Festival. The exhibition is on at Upstairs @ The Ritzy until 22nd March 2013.
Theme: Women’s Rights
“Girl & her brother” – Cambodian Children’s Fund (CCF) Community Centre, Steung Meanchey, Phnom Penh.
With sex trafficking and domestic abuse rife in Cambodia, especially in desperately poor communities such as Steung Meanchey; CCF and its community centre are a sanctuary to this girl and her brother. The education and care they provide give her the opportunity to thrive beyond the borders of the rubbish dump she lives beside and escape the cycle of poverty and abuse that consumes this area. Girls who have been under CCF’s wing for a number of years are growing into women imbued with worth and self belief; ready to take an active role in Cambodian society. Determined not to be victims of their past, they are role models of their community and many that I spoke to said their first wish was to give back to their community as they fulfill their dreams of becoming lawyers, teachers, leaders in government. I was left with no doubt that many of these girls will be game changers in Cambodia’s future.
In a society that still experiences a high level of gender discrimination and gender based violence, CCF’s work in this small corner of Cambodia is vital in helping to slowly change the perception of women in Cambodian society. As their website states “At CCF, we see Cambodian women and girls as a pathway to a better future for an impoverished country. The girls we work with are not defined by their past – they are powerful role models and Cambodia’s future leaders.”
July 2011 - Thanks to everyone who came by despite the weather…! This gallery shows the 8 limited edition prints that were for sale on the day. All apart from “A Summer Afternoon” were shot in Charlotteville, a quiet fishing village on the north west coast of Tobago. “A Summer Afternoon” was shot in Chinatown, Soho. If you’re interested in purchasing any of the prints, please do get in touch.
Some of the children that you meet here have eyes that tell you they’ve gone through a lot more than just the few years their age should allow. You can really see a difference between the children who have been under CCF’s care for a while and those just finding a comfortable place under their wing. It takes a while for them to learn how to just be children again…but somehow, given the chance, they always do.
Extract from blog: http://jeanninemansell.tumblr.com
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