#Writing

Stay True to Your Dreams

I watched the movie The Harder They Come last night. It’s always been a great favourite of mine, especially since it’s a movie made and starring Jamaicans (my family are from this beautiful Island), however watching it with fresh eyes made me consider the deeper meanings embodied within it. Although Ivan (the main character played by the legendary Jimmy Cliff), takes a somewhat destructive path, I was enthralled and moved by his ability, despite the odds, to follow his ultimate dream to be famous one day. ...

Why Are Fairy Tales So Scary?

Ever thought about it? If you read them back as an adult, they are really quite frightful affairs of child abandonment, monsters, hunger poverty and wickedness. The moral of each tale are usually sound but, Lord, how the journey to the end is full of twists and turns that would make modern-day child services frown. Trying to remember fairy tales is not a simple task. Although not yet plagued by early onset dementia, I find recalling the stories of woe a piecemeal exercise that, like most memory work, is better done in the company of others. ...

#morocco #souks #ramparts #Atlantic ocean #Africa

Essaouira

Where did day three go? Our fourth day in Morocco saw us venture to the coastal town of Essaouira. From Marrakech it had been a three and half hour drive along relatively quiet roads through the desert, passing through 3-4 large cities on the way. This did include stops at an Argan Community Co-op, and strangely by a man who had positioned his goats in a tree and who then flagged down passing tour groups so that we could photograph the ‘spectacle’. ...

#fine art #documentary photography

No Right Turn

September 14-17th 2006 saw the opening of the No Right Turn exhibition in London. Organised to showcase the work of the works of 26 artists and photographers emerging from the MA Photography & Urban Cultures programme at Goldsmiths College, University of London. The exhibition was well attended with an opening that saw approximately 500 people through its doors. This image ‘Art Show’ was one of four works from the ‘Black Englishmen’ project that I exhibited and was probably the strongest of the photos regarding its ability to stand alone with no explanation. ...

#Writing

Completed and Feeling Fine

I have now finished my MA Photography and Urban Cultures at Goldsmiths, just awaiting the final marks. The year was rounded off with a very successful exhibition No Right Turn, held at Underground Village in Shoreditch. This group exhibition featuring 25 finishing students was staged over 4 days and included a symposium on the last day with artists talking about their work. I was delighted with my first exhibition, and although not 100% happy with the final work, was very happy with the responses to the work by visitors to the show. ...

#yardie #people #film

Conversations With a Yard Man ( Pt I)

A “Yard man” is a Jamaican. Another term frequently used to describe Jamaicans is “Yardie”, but that has recently been appropriated, and most people think of a Yardie as a gang member so I will use the former to refer to the man with whom I stood today in conversation with for around half hour. He started the conversation with me as he saw the camera I was holding in my hands while waiting to pay for some goods in my local corner shop. ...