1. An Exhibition and Book Launch for the New Voices Project at the Centre for Possible Studies. Work from the New Voices Group: Jed Mincher, Sabrina Parmar, Gianna Mula, Coby Ngan, John Gribben and Hassan Al-Mousaoy. Also on display: images from Young Voices; an offshoot participatory photo project working with Bromley youth club JusB, work from the winners of the Media4us ‘Cultural Mosaic’ photo competition, and drawings from the New Londoners Magazine.

    “Young Voices. Bromley charities JusB and Bromley and Downham were pleased to welcome professional photographers to help young people make a photographic record of life in Bromley. Young people were trained in various camera techniques and challenged to record the vibrancy of different communities in Bromley.”

    “Work from the winners of the Media 4 us ‘Cultural Mosaic’ photo competition. The brief for the competition was to produce a photo along the theme of ‘Cultural Mosaic’. The UK benefits from a rich diversity of people and cultures that help make it a vibrant place to live, work, and learn. Between June and August this year we asked for photos that would capture that essence.”

    “The New Londoners, produced by the Migrants Resource Centre, was created to build better understanding between London communities new and old. It provides a platform for new Londoners to convey their stories directly to all Londoners in order to raise awareness of the lives of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, and celebrate their positive contribution to life in London.”

     

  2. Hassan photographs young people involved with the Oval House Theatre in rehearsal and outside of the theatre.

    "In my photos I’m trying to show a more positive representation of young people who live in London in reaction to media representation after the London riots last year. I believe that they have to be given more time and support to build a stronger future.With my camera I have found a way to support them, and to give an alternative to what the media show in TV and the newspapers." Hassan Al-Mousaoy.

     

  3. Stratford by Sabrina.

     

  4. Sabrina develops work focusing looking at the effect the Olympic redevelopment has had on existing communities within West London.

    "This picture looks like the Temple (Mandir - Indian description) is hidden away, but the structure and intricate beauty of the architecture is present. It has been in construction for over 15 years and is still not fully completed but still welcomes Hindu religious followers and admirers of the buildings nonetheless. The temple is near my local High Street Ealing Road. It is situation between terrace housing and a row of Indian shops ranging from exotic food to traditional clothing. It is also opposite a Church." Sabrina Parmar.

     

  5. John photographs Anna for the book.

    "Anna is from Portugal and has been living in London for 3 years. I spent the day with Anna and she took me to a Portuguese Cafe near her home. Back in Portugal Anna is an actress and goes by her stage name of Mina Andala. She has starred in many TV shows and has had a documentary about her life shown in Portugal. In the cafe, people were coming to Anna and asking her for autograph. It was almost as if the camera wasn’t there and it seemed like a regular occurrence for people in the cafe and for her. Anna’s dad is from Saint Omer in France and her mother is from Cape Verde. Her parents moved to Portugal in the late 70’s after independence. She said growing up in Portugal during the 80’s was difficult and found it hard when people at school would tell her to go back to her country. Being so young she was confused as to why people were saying this to her. Growing up in Portugal was tough during the 80’s. She said that during school people would tell her to go back to her country and she found it difficult to relate to somewhere as her home. Anna felt like she was in a place where she was going nowhere and decided to leave Portugal. She lived in a Spain for a short while and then decided to move to London when she was 32. Now she is older and in London, she enjoys people asking her where she is from as it gives her the opportunity to talk about Portugal and people are often surprised and shocked when she tells them where she is from. She thinks British people are very receptive and are open and have a good attitude towards other cultures and diversity. Anna has one month left as a waitress and then she is hoping to become an actress in London." John Gribben.

     

  6. The group visit Photofusion photography studios in Brixton to learn some darkroom skills. John prints some images from a recent trip to South Africa. The soundtrack for the day is provided by Brixton Splash.

     

  7. "These images were shot at my home situated in Bermondsey, southeast of London. They depict my younger sister, Cindy. Like myself and my older brother, Cindy was born and raised in London throughout whole life and knows quite little of our ethnic culture, besides of what she has learnt through our parents or other relatives. Her main language spoken is English, and the culture she follows mostly is the British culture. When asked where she is from she will reply England, much to the disappointment of our parents whom think that we have become ‘too western,’ that we have become out of touch with our mother tongue, they fear that as we all grow older and older, we will become more and more distant to the Chinese culture. Our parents are both from China and still heavily follow and celebrate their cultural heritage, they moved to England with their families at a mature age for hopes to have a more fortunate upbringing for their children, and we have. We are proud to have the upbringing we have had, and we are very proud of where we’re from, England." Coby Ngan

     

  8. Project work in development. Gianna takes a trip back to see her family with some disposable cameras.

    "From the periphery of the world to that of the town. Coming from a small town on a small island that smells like Mediterranean scrub and always looks full coloured in bright summerish yellow and clear blue , London struck me for its harshness. Streets are grey, houses are brownish of bricks and bricks, millions of thousands, all the same. One shade of grey, like a fog, makes everything look alike. The buildings on stormy sky. There is no smell, most of the time, just the solid coldness of the air. The feeling of being small into something immense rises both from the enormity and fullness of the city buildings  and from the emptiness of the countryside. There comes the sensation of being unable to live in a place where there is no middle ground. Two are the places where I can find the welcoming London I learnt to love. One is by the water, the river and the canal, their natural unmissable flow. The other favorite place are Marshes. That is the place to go to smell, hear and watch. From time to time a train cuts the fields: there is the rustle of the leaves, the unmistakable roar of the engine, and then the leaves again, but still the nature preserves its rhythm." Gianna Mula.

     

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  10. For the Saturday meet up the group visit Peckham to take photos and interview local residents about recent regeneration projects in the area, culture and community.

    Images above - notes from street interviews by the group. Portrait by Jed.

    "This photo was taken on Peckham High Street. I started talking to this guy randomly, he was unloading things out of the van behind. He said he was Peckham born and bred, but that his family were from Mauritius. This guy was reppin’ his home town with a P for Peckham. Simply put, he was proud of where he was from, which I admired. Peckham does not have positive connotations and I think in the face of these skewing of perceptions people are prouder than ever to say where they’re from. This person is a typical Londoner. I think this photo speaks volumes about the state of multiculturalism in London - that it does work. When I spoke to him he said he was a Londoner born and bred, and that his family were from Mauritius. This is what multiculturalism is, people from different races and cultures united under the banner of being a Londoner. I think some people could perceive this photo as a threatening image. A non - white person with a baseball cap showing perhaps a ‘gang’ signal. In fact this guy was incredibly friendly. He told me about his job, about his family and about ‘getting by’. Just a normal person with normal struggles." Jed Mincher

     

  11. Project work begins. The group get to grips with medium format photography and we have some fun with a polaroid back.

     

  12. The New Voices Project starts. Group members Jed Mincher, Sabrina Parmar, Gianna Mula, Coby Ngan, John Gribben and Hassan Al-Mousaoy. The first couple of sessions we get together at the Cardinal Hume Centre and discuss some of the ideas behind the project.