It has been a very political week in the UK (and the world). Extinction Rebellion were banned from peacefully protesting, something I think we should all be angry about, regardless of your personal thoughts on XR as a whole. Then, a group of rebels within the Rebellion disrupted a number of working class Londoners taking the tube, a move that was widely criticised, by other members of XR and the general public alike. Yesterday, there was another anti-Brexit march, attended by over a million people (one of whom was me). Around the world, there were big, angry protests in Spain and Chile, and the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong continue. Central London was crawling with police all week, including officers stationed at the ends of the bridges, which was unnerving. I almost cried at work when I first heard Juncker’s quote about Brexit not being extended again, though it fortunately turned out to be false. I watched the result of the vote on the Lewtin amendment live in Parliament Square, surrounded by other protestors.
I won’t rehash my thoughts on protest photography in this blog, because I do feel like I’ve covered it in some of my earlier march-filled Get Snappys. I still wrestle with the privacy and consent issue; I tried to force myself to take more pictures of people, even if I didn’t then share them with the world, but I couldn’t. It felt wrong. Perhaps if the protests were more unruly it would feel more natural, but in these very organised marches, it just doesn’t feel right to photograph people without their permission. I did enjoy photographing the colourful smoke, something I had yet to see at the protests I’ve attended this year.
The autumn light in London has been stunning this week, so I also have a few photos of my well-trodden London landmarks, bathed in the early evening glow. While most of this week’s posts were political, as seemed fitting for a protest-heavy week, I also posted a long blog full of my best Kenya photos. I’d recommend taking a look if you’re interested in my photography! Finally, I updated my portfolio, and trimmed it down a little. I am slowly gearing up to trying to get paid to take pictures, so I need my portfolio to always be ready to share.
What do you think of this week’s photos?