The Wonderful Co-Founding Editors Zoe Jewell & Tim Dickens, celebrating the holiday season and successes of their Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign

Brixton Blog & Brixton Bugle Party at Effra Social Club, Brixton

The Wonderful Co-Founding Editors Zoe Jewell & Tim Dickens, celebrating the holiday season and successes of their Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign

The Wonderful Co-Founding Editors Zoe Jewell & Tim Dickens, celebrating the holiday season and successes of their Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign

Just before i jetted off to Ireland for Christmas with family, covered in my last blog post, I went along to the Brixton Blog and Brixton Bugle (our monthly local newspaper) Christma my local Effra Social Club, Brixton. It was great to catch up with Tim & Zoe again after I’d made their double portrait earlier in the year in support of their Indiegogo Crowdfunding campaign for a new part-time news editor.

I met many lovely new people at the event and wanted to share this gallery so you can put faces to the names of some of Brixton’s solid gold local journalists. Their work really enriches the community of Brixton and further afield, with reporting on everything from Lambeth council and the police to arts and music. They are such an essential part of the cultural fabric on Brixton. Crowdfunders were also invited to pick up their perks from donating. A great night was had by all and I look forward to collaborating further with these lovely creative folk.

Crowdfunder and Lovely Brixton Local Gillian Gould picking up her reward of her very own Brixton Blog T-shirt

Crowdfunder and Lovely Brixton Local Gillian Gould picking up her reward of her very own Brixton Blog T-shirt

Eric The Fish Illustrator Pam Williams shows us her handiwork

Eric The Fish Illustrator Pam Williams shows us her handiwork

The Faces behind "Faces of Brixton" feature, Alex & Cat

The Faces behind “Faces of Brixton” feature, Alex & Cat

Felix Derosen, French born American Electronic Musician

Felix Derosen, French born American Electronic Musician

Surprise New Staff Member soon to start with Brixton Blog & Brixton Bugle

Surprise New Staff Member soon to start with Brixton Blog & Brixton Bugle

Delightful Arts & Culture co-Editors, young husband and wife team Barney & Ruth Evison

Delightful Arts & Culture co-Editors, young husband and wife team Barney & Ruth Evison

Music Reviewer Dan Kelly, Barney Evison & Keith Lewis, Deputy Editor, sporting his very fashionable Brixton Blog bag!

Music Reviewer Dan Kelly, Barney Evison & Keith Lewis, Deputy Editor, sporting his very fashionable Brixton Blog bag!

Wherever you are in the world….stay in touch with what’s happening on the Brixton Blog and in the Brixton Bugle!

Connect up directly to these wonderfully creative folk on their websites or Twitter as follows…@Zoe_Jewell@Tim_DickensPam Williams (Illustrator/Writer/Coach), Alex & Cat @ Brixton Faces, @BarneyEvison, Ruth Evison @MinimalismBlog, Daniel Kelly @DPAKelly, @KeithJohnLewis

Meet Zoe and Tim – The Talented Folk behind Brixton Blog and Brixton Bugle

Zoe & Tim at Brixton Farmer's Market

Zoe & Tim at Brixton Farmer’s Market

After meeting them initially on my Twitter, today I caught up in person with Zoe Jewell and Tim Dickens, founding editors of the fantastic Brixton Blog and Brixton Bugle at Brixton Market for delicious coffee from Wild Caper. We then went for a blissful foodie induced wander through the wonderful Brixton Farmer’s Market which runs every Sunday from 10am-2pm. It was great to hear about the history of their immense passion and energy which created Brixton Blog and Brixton Bugle. Both publications have become such integral elements of Brixton culture.

Some facts on their concerted work:

  • Nominated for “Innovation of the Year” in the British Journalism of the Year Awards in 2013 (runners-up to The Guardian) .
  • Average of 100,000 monthly page views on the website .
  • We print 10,000 copies of the Bugle each month, and we’ve printed 27 editions
  • We’ve got a combined Twitter following of 27,000.

They’re currently running a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo for a part time news editor which I’ve just donated to. Whether you’re in Brooklyn, Berlin or wherever…feel free to share this good cause and donate if you share their passion and energy for high quality local news reporting!

Honorary Freeborn Emma

Part of the Honorary Freeborn Family

Freeborn Emma Birthday Portrait Brixton Village October 2015

Originally from Trieste and educated in Venice to masters degree level in arts management, Emma moved to London from Italy last winter 2014. We met by chance when Emma was counting people at UAL for a living. Emma kept passing my office and after we had greeted each other several times I spoke to her in Italian. I had been thinking of developing this project towards an exhibition and possibly a publication, so it seemed as if Emma had been sent me by fate. I told her about all things Freeborn, we became great friends and Emma has been and continues to be a key part of my support team ever since. I now consider Emma an honorary Freeborn!

Remembrance Sunday 2014, Brixton, London

9am Procession from outside Carnegie Library - Brixton

9am Procession from outside Tate Library – Brixton

This year marks the centenary of the First World War (1914-1918). 2014 has seen numerous events marking this historic period and today millions around the world paid respect to the sacrifice made by so many young men. The Queen led the UK in remembrance at Whitehall today, joined by other members of the royal family, Prime Minister and many other dignitaries. Over 10,000 veterans marched past the Cenotaph afterwards. Closely connected with today is the art installation of red ceramic poppies at the Tower of London which has been seen by up to four million.

Earlier this morning I attended and photographed the Lambeth Remembrance Service and Wreath Laying Ceremony which was a more intimate and yet equally poignant event in Brixton, Borough of Lambeth, London.

Procession making it's way around St Matthew's Church, Brixton

Procession making it’s way around St Matthew’s Church, Brixton

Procession making it's way around St Matthew's Church, Brixton

Procession making it’s way around St Matthew’s Church, Brixton

Remembrance Procession crossing Brixton Hill

Remembrance Procession crossing Brixton Hill

Remembrance Procession approaching Lambeth Town Hall

Remembrance Procession approaching Lambeth Town Hall

A Minute's Silence in Remembrance inside Lambeth Town Hall

A Minute’s Silence in Remembrance inside Lambeth Town Hall

Proceeding to the Memorial Window in Lambeth Town Hall

Proceeding to the Memorial Window in Lambeth Town Hall

Remembrance Ceremony by the Memorial Window in Lambeth Town Hall

Remembrance Ceremony by the Memorial Window in Lambeth Town Hall

Mayor of Lambeth Councillor Adedamola Aminu lays a wreath on the Memorial Window at Lambeth Town Hall

Mayor of Lambeth Councillor Adedamola Aminu lays a wreath on the Memorial Window at Lambeth Town Hall

Red Poppy Remembrance Wreath on the Memorial Window, Lambeth Town Hall

Red Poppy Remembrance Wreath on the Memorial Window, Lambeth Town Hall

Pete Elliott, Lambeth Green Party - Served in Northern Ireland, 1st Gulf War & Iraq in 2005

Pete Elliott, Lambeth Green Party – Served in Northern Ireland, 1st Gulf War & Iraq in 2005

Detective Chief Superintendent Richard Wood, Borough Commander for Lambeth

Detective Chief Superintendent Richard Wood, Borough Commander for Lambeth

Mayor of Lambeth, Councillor Adedamola Aminu in Lambeth Town Hall

Mayor of Lambeth, Councillor Adedamola Aminu in Lambeth Town Hall

Former Mayor of Lambeth Cllr Daphne Marchant wearing her British Empire Medal

Former Mayor of Lambeth Cllr Daphne Marchant wearing her British Empire Medal

 

 

Brighton Photography Biennial 2014

James a Brighton local, who told me "There's a great movie on soon...Frankenstein...you should go and see it!"

Eva, Market Worker from Nelson, New Zealand who now lives in Brighton and dreams of visiting her Italian family ancestral home in Sicily one day! – Taken in Diplock’s Yard

Juan Rendon playing in the JAWS of a Shark

Juan Rendon playing in the JAWS of a Shark

James told me "There's a great movie on soon...Frankenstein...you should go and see it!"

James told me “There’s a great movie on soon…Frankenstein…you should go and see it!”

Brighton Local James photographed outside Komedia on Gardner St.

Brighton Local James photographed outside Komedia on Gardner St.

Paul & Ellen outside the Vintage Fair at Brighton Dome

Paul & Ellen outside the Vintage Fair at Brighton Dome

Gentleman Paul Crompton, Vintage Dealer, outside the Vintage Fair at Brighton Dome

Gentleman Paul Crompton, Vintage Dealer, outside the Vintage Fair at Brighton Dome

Pompoko Japanese Restaturant in Brighton

Pompoko Japanese Restaturant in Brighton

Dub Attack - Entrepreneurial use of infrastructure, advertising events at Komedia

Dub Attack – Entrepreneurial use of infrastructure, advertising events at Komedia 

Circus Street Market

Circus Street Market

A Return to Elsewhere - Digital Brighton Photography Biennial Exhibition @ Circus Street Market

A Return to Elsewhere – Digital Brighton Photography Biennial Exhibition @ Circus Street Market

Rossena Petkova, Bulgarian Photographer enjoying Brighton Photography Biennials Photobook Show

Rossena Petkova, Bulgarian Photographer enjoying Brighton Photography Biennials Photobook Show

Saskia & Georgia measuring up for the very last event at Circus Street Market - BA Illustration students at the University of Brighton Exhibition

Saskia & Georgia measuring up for the very last event at Circus Street Market – BA Illustration students at the University of Brighton Exhibition

Graffiti that Fits the Inevitable Gentrification of Circus Street Market

Graffiti that Fits the Inevitable Gentrification of Circus Street Market

Graffiti that Fits the Inevitable Gentrification of Circus Street Market

Graffiti that Fits the Inevitable Gentrification of Circus Street Market

Walking the Dog

Walking the Dog

William Street Social Housing,Brighton

William Street Social Housing,Brighton

Taking the Dog for Ride

Taking the Dog for Ride

Lady Sheepskin Dealer, North Lanes

Lady Sheepskin Dealer, North Lanes

Jeweler Pete Modelling his Moustache on a Pumpkin

Jeweler Pete Modelling his Moustache on a Pumpkin

Young Brighton Busker

Young Brighton Busker

 

Brockwell Park Fireworks 2014, London

Brockwell Park Fireworks, London

Brockwell Park Fireworks, London

Fireworks are exploding into the dark evening skies all over London and Britain this week around the annual traditional Bonfire or Guy Fawkes night as it is referred to here in England. I was out with my camera to capture the action and most importantly make portraits of some of the people enjoying this festive week. Brockwell Park near Brixton, Herne Hill and Tulse Hill was full of wonderful folk and fun was had by all. Here’s a selection for all to enjoy, whether you’re in South London or Slovakia!

If you want to catch some more of the action then have a look at the Time Out London guide to London Firework displays.

Conrad & River Sharp enjoying a sparkler

Conrad & River Sharp enjoying a sparkler

Brockwell Park Bonfire

Brockwell Park Bonfire

James & Bex from Crystal Palace

James & Bex from Crystal Palace

Caribbean Food Stall with Curry Goat...Yum!

Caribbean Food Stall with Curry Goat…Yum!

Mehki, Nadine & Mylah Nicole from Stockwell

Mehki, Nadine & Mylah Nicole from Stockwell Waiting for the Fireworks

The Excited Crowd at Brockwell Park Fireworks

The Excited Crowd at Brockwell Park Fireworks

Waiting Wide-Eyed

Waiting Wide-Eyed

Brockwell Park Fireworks

Brockwell Park Fireworks

Emma, Roanne, Emma & Stephanie Enjoy the Festivities

Emma, Roanne, Emma & Stephanie Enjoy the Festivities

Brockwell Park Fireworks

Brockwell Park Fireworks

Christina & Alisha in Fur & Wellie Boots

Christina & Alisha in Fur & Wellie Boots

Prince Regent Pub Buzzing...with Local Fresh Jerk Stalls Nearby

Prince Regent Pub Buzzing & Local Fresh Jerk Stalls Nearby

Kerry & Nick Share a traditional Sticky Toffee Apple outside Effra Social Club

Kerry & Nick Share a traditional Sticky Toffee Apple outside Effra Social Club

Lambeth Council Encourage All to Have a Safe Journey Home

Lambeth Council Encourage All to Have a Safe Journey Home

 

 

 

Abby Munroe Guestlist staff @Dogstar Brixton

Top 30 Freeborn Portraits of Halloween 2014 in Brixton, London

Abby Munroe Guestlist staff @Dogstar Brixton

Abby Munroe General Manager @ The Dogstar 

Sorcery and black magic were cast all over the world last night. It proved to be an excellent night to explore with my Canon 7D, 50mm 1.4F lens and 580EXII Speedlite flash. Thanks to everyone who was truly #Freeborn and expressed their wonderful creativity!

These are the top 30 Freeborn portraits from adventures through the streets of Brixton, Market Row, Brixton Village Market and Effra Social Club with The Crumps Cramps Tribute Band performing downstairs whilst The Artful Badger performed incantations above in the haunted upstairs flats…the weekend isn’t over yet…and wherever you are in the world…be sure to enjoy the fun that is…Halloween!

Pearl outside the Ritzy, Brixton, London

Pearl looking Groovy Outside The Ritzy cinema

Effra Social Crew

Effra Social Club Crew

Chef @Carioca Brazilian Restaurant, Brixton Market Row

Chef @ Carioca Brazilian Restaurant, Brixton Market Row

Brazilian Waitress at Carioca Brazilian Restaurant in Brixton Village Market

Brazilian Waitress at Carioca Brazilian Restaurant in Brixton Market Row

Monster @El Rancho De Lalo Colombian Restaurant, Brixton Village Market

Nosferatu @El Rancho De Lalo Colombian Restaurant, Brixton Village Market

Zombie Chef from Romania, Brixton Market Row

Zombie Chef from Romania, Brixton Market Row

Zombie Girl @ Effra Social Club

Zombie Girl @ Effra Social Club

James Burgess, Lead Singer of Awesome... "The Crumps Cramps Tribute Band" @ Effra Social Club

James Burgess, Lead Singer of The Awesome… “The Crumps Cramps Tribute Band” @ Effra Social Club

Irene, Franco Manca Staff at London's Best Pizza Place, Brixton Market Row

Irene, Franco Manca Staff at London’s Best Pizza Place, Brixton Market Row

The Joker Dining @ KaoSarn Thai Cafe, Brixton Village Market

The Joker Dining @ KaoSarn Thai Cafe, Brixton Village Market

Monster French Family in Brixton Village Market

Monster & Zombie Family in Brixton Village Market

Zombie Man in Brixton Village Market

Zombie Man in Brixton Village Market

Happy Dumplings Waitress, Brixton Market Row

Happy Dumplings Waitress, Brixton Market Row

Rosie sparkling on Windrush Square, Brixton

Rosie sparkling magically on Windrush Square, Brixton

Elieser @ Sensala Creperie in Brixton Village Market

Elieser @ Senzala Creperie in Brixton Village Market

Italian Zombie Girl Angela, Staff at Chill Box, Brixton Market Row

Italian Zombie Girl Angela, Staff at Chill Box, Brixton Market Row

Zombie Nurse AKA Jazz Musician Rachel D'Arcy on Windrush Square

Zombie Nurse AKA Jazz Singer Rachel D’Arcy on Windrush Square

City Fox on Windrush Square

Nocturnal City Fox Elliott on Windrush Square

Doll Face & Goth on Effra Road

Doll Face & Goth on Effra Road

Rock Glitter Boys Rich & Dodd on Effra Road

Rock Glitter Boys Rich & Dodd on Effra Road

Ella The Pencil Girl on Effra Road

Ella The Pencil Girl on Effra Road

Aaron & Theo The Box Boys on Effra Road

Aaron & Theo The Box Boys on Effra Road

A Unicorn called Amelia on Brixton Hill

A Unicorn called Amelia on Brixton Hill

Effra Social Club Crew

Effra Social Club Crew

Bianca Being Blindfolded For The Artful Badger's Magical Ritualistic Performance @ Effra Social Club

Bianca Being Blindfolded For The Artful Badger’s Magical Ritualistic Performance @ Effra Social Club

Dan Hernandez of Artful Badger Who Made Magic Happen @ Effra Social Club

Dan Hernandez of Artful Badger Making Magic Happen @ Effra Social Club

Bianca's Pure Ecstasy During The Artful Badger's Magical Ritualistic Performance @ Effra Social Club

Bianca’s Pure Ecstasy During The Artful Badger’s Magical Ritualistic Performance @ Effra Social Club

Bar Manager Rob Being Led Away For The Artful Badger's Magical Ritualistic Performance @ Effra Social Club he runs

Bar Manager Rob Being Led Away For The Artful Badger’s Magical Ritualistic Performance @ Effra Social Club he runs

Effra Social Club Modelled By Bianca

Effra Social Club Logo Modelled By Bianca

Bec, Folk & Tea

Bec at RiverHawke Festival

Bec at RiverHawke Festival

One of my favourite little Australian sisters Bec, also known as Freeborn Exhibit B in my collection of wonderful people, is on this side of the equator, adventuring through Europe for a few months. I was thrilled to meet her in Dublin recently when we were both travelling in Ireland. Since so much of our friendship is based around folk music and tea drinking it was very fitting that we met at The Cobblestone traditional music pub in Smithfield, Dublin. I arrived to find Bec singing a cappella with the whole session enthralled by her beautiful voice.

I was then honoured to be able to play host to Bec in Brixton, London a few weeks ago and will be doing so again when she arrives back from her current European adventures. I will be making a portrait of Bec when she returns but I wanted to share this, one of my favourite portraits which I took when we were at RiverHawke Festival outside Sydney with friends a few years ago. What a weekend of fun that was!

I can’t wait to hear all about Bec’s adventures in Europe over a pot of something special from T2, the fantastic tea shop she worked in in Sydney for many years. Originally conceived in Melbourne there’s now one in Shoreditch, London, where we will be making a pilgrimage to upon her return. Bec also made me a great Spotify folk music playlist so that will work nicely and I’m hoping we can seek out a traditional Irish folk session in London too.

Femi: Egyptian for Love … Southbank Skatepark

It’s been quite a while since I’ve blogged on here as I’ve been fully integrating into my new life in London, settling into and blogging daily for work, in an exciting job in marketing and communications at Chelsea College of Arts, part of University of Arts London (UAL). I have an extensive body of work from my travels and early days in London, which I haven’t blogged but recently showed some of it in a staff exhibition at Chelsea. I felt a sense of achievement from a professional hang such as this. Anyhow…there will be more posting in the near future hopefully now that I am more settled…living in the awesome neighbourhood of Brixton

Today I was in town to see a few exhibitions with a friend. I wandered by the River Thames past the colourful South Bank Skatepark which has been threatened with closure recently by the development of a commercial development. The Long Live Southbank (LLSB) campaign was created and has had support from everyone from Thom Yorke from Radiohead to Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, who The Guardian explains has halted the £120m development plan by saying that the skatepark should be left in place.

As we arrived to spectate the skaters entertain, I spotted a real character, who I asked if I could make his portrait. He said a number of people had asked and he’d said no to them…but for some reason I got a yes!

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Originally born in Manchester but now living in London, he is called Femi, which after research I see is a unisex name of African origin, meaning “Love Me” or “Love” in Egyptian.

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The Colour of Love and the upcoming Valentine’s Day of course is often seen as red, which Femi is currently sporting in his very own way. It’s also the colour of the famous Manchester United football team coincidentally…always a great colour on these crisp days…crimson against the grey of London’s current climate. London is full of fabulous characters to photograph so I hope you enjoy Femi.

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Nell Bryden – A Pure Legend of a Woman

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I first met Nell Bryden years ago when she played at WuFest @ Dr Wu’s Bar in Leeds, organised by our mutual friend and superwoman Emma Tate nee McPartland whose wedding I had the pleasure of shooting a few years after. From the moment I first saw and heard Nell perform I knew there was just something about her. Nell and I met at Wufest a few years running when she was over from New York and we would have our annual catch up sitting by the mesmerising silver ball fountain sculpture on Calls Landing near the river Aire. A year would have gone by and we would hear each others news on life, love and lots more.

Time passed and for various reasons we didn’t cross paths both being busy in our own lives. I was out of the country a few times when Nell played Leeds again, although I was aware she had been making waves in the UK music scene with six playlisted singles on BBC Radio 2. The Irish broadcasting legend Sir Terry Wogan is a big fan! So when I was searching gig listings in London recently and found Nell was playing the Roundhouse in Camden, I was super excited to catch up with an old friend. Then I read news of Nell’s experience with battle with hair loss through alopecia which was detailed in her feature in the Daily Mail.

Nell full life story can be read here. It really is a truly unique and wonderful story showing how life shapes people. Through being a highly sociable person I meet a lot of folk and I feel very lucky to have happened upon such a talented strong and inspirational human being. Nell grew up on Brooklyn and was there when the 9/11 attack devastated her home city of New York. It took her a long time to write about it but when she did she really did! Every time I listen to this track Sirens it brings me close to tears. In my opinion President Barack Obama should have this song as the unofficial national anthem of the United States of America…what would fit better for a nation who are pushing to improve themselves and stay strong in times of uncertainty?

Nell is starting her new tour in May so don’t miss out if you get the chance the voice of this Pure Legend of a Woman.

Looking forward to seeing you again soon Nell.