Posts Tagged ‘Uk’

Obama was in London between 24 and 26 May and so many protests by the muslims happened in these days. American and English people were excited to see the US President on the street of London, going to Westminster Abbey, the National Gallery, Backingham Palace and the Parliament.

Tension was high for security reasons but everything was well done.

 

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This is tha last day at London Fashion Week. I am a bit bored today after 5 days of exciting catwalks. today it is the menswear day and the photographer centre is quite empty because most of the photographer went to Milan for the Fashion Week. Lots of different styles and colours have been showing in these days. Something really good and stylish but also some rubbish. London is not Milan or Paris, so this is normal. Have a look at some of my pictures from the catwalks.

 

 

 

 

Last Monday I went to shoot the huge parade of Notting Hill Carnival in London. I shot for more than 5 hours. It was a lovely day. Sunshine all day and a lot of fun for the visitors and the performers. Second only to Rio’s Carnival , the Notting Hill Carnival celebrates freedom trough music, movement and masquerade.
More than 1 million visitors watched the thousands of artists perform over the two-day August bank holiday.
Flamboyant costumes, eclectic music and fantastically adorned floats all contributed to the iconic event.
The parade ran for 3.5 miles in London, from Westbourne Park with thousand performers.

You can buy some pictures from Alamy on: http://www.alamy.com/stock-photography/C0D7B736-EEFB-4491-82CF-27C1EA9E752D/1/Marco%20Mega.html

And you can see the complete gallery on: http://www.demotix.com/news/425216/parade-during-carnival-notting-hill-2010.

After hours spent in front of my laptop editing for Alamy, I decide to go to South Bank to walk along the river to rest my eyes and my mind and I can not resist to bring my camera with me, my intimate friend. And  in fact, after 10 minutes I see a group of teenagers and over 20 skating and cycling in the skate area before the London Eye. I stop to observe and I take my camera and start to shoot. The last sun rays of the day are lighting up the graffiti on the walls and the guys who are playing here.

Civet, a musical group from Los Angeles, performed at Underworld in London yesterday during their European tour. One of them, Roxie, who plays drums, is Stephanie’s friend, my flatmate. They were all our guest in our house for two days. I really enjoyed shoot them at the backstage and during the concert.  This is my first concert and I think I will do more in the future. I knew Dani at the backstage, a really nice girl from Germany, who made a fantastic chocolate cake, served with ice cream at the end. You can see her tattoos on her feet in one picture.

For more info you can have a look on: http://www.myspace.com/civet

An exciting night yesterday at Proud Club in London with Tassel Club. Scarlett Martini from Rome, Banbury Cross, Sophia St Viller, Peacock and more performed in a fantastic glamour atmosphere. A mix of vintage, music, dresses, lingerie, strip tease.

Another night spent for my project about retro socialising. I went to the New Sheridans Club Night at The Wheatsheaf, where I knew many members of this vintage club.

Evadne Raccat talked about “pretty ladies in pretty dresses” with an elaboration of The Duchess of Devonshire’s Ball. Held in 1897, this fancy-dress party, with royal guests of honour, was notable because Lafayette set up a photo booth and made records of many of the costumes, giving an insight into the telling ways that different guests interpreted the code of historical or exotic dress.

This afternoon there was the parade during the festival Carnaval del Pueblo, the largest Latin American event in Europe, held in London, UK, between Elephant Road and Burgess Park. So much fun, music and groups from all the Latin American countries celebrate.

I have just started a project about retro socialising-vintage and burlesque. After The Clap Olympiad and a night of Burlesque with Tassel Club, last night I shot during a swing party. Sounds from the 40’s and 50’s with Black Cotton at Volupte Club.

This is my first event of vintage, The Chap Olympiad. I am at Bedford Square in London and it seems to be in the 40s. Back to the past for few hours. Music, games, food and vintage clothes. Many beautiful ladies seat on the grass having pic-nic, chatting and take a cup of tea. People dance and have fun, men smoke pipes.

This is my project about a small Angelus Foursquare Church at Highgate Estate in Elephant and Castle, London. This small church was opened by the actual pastor Rev Oyekan Reginald about ten years ago. Most of the people of the community come from Nigeria and someone from Ghana, Serra Lion, Gambia and other countries in Africa. They meet every Sunday for the mass between 10.30 am and 2 pm and every Friday between 7.30 and 9 pm for the prayer meeting. Every last Friday of the month there is a night pray meeting between midnight and 5 am. Years ago they used to be about 200 hundred people being part of this community, but then many left after getting married or because of their job and the relocation of many people living at Heygate Estate.
The church run the pastor Rev Oyekan Reginald and his assistant Pauline, both from Nigeria and there is a group of people who collaborate during the mass and other different activities.
They really believe in the word of God, because it can make the life better. They are involved in charity. They collect food, clothes and money and give them to charity organizations and they also sponsor some children. They try to educate children to the word of God. They bring them together because they don’t really understand what the adults do. They use children bibles, written in a very simple English. They read to them. They use pictures to educate them. They let them know who Jesus is and they teach them how they can go along their life.

I spent more than a month shooting for this project between May and June 2010.

I really enjoyed this project. I met fantastic people there.

I made a multimedia about Pauline, the assistant pastor.

You can have a look it at: http://vimeo.com/13187712

Yesterday about 1000 people were protesting against Israeli assault on flotilla, where at least nine pro-Palestinian activists were killed as Israeli stormed the Mavi Marmara, the largest ship in the flotilla carrying passengers and many more were evacuated by helicopter to Israeli hospitals. The march began in Downing street and continued untill the Israeli embassy in Kensington. More than one hundred policemen were there in front of the embassy gate to check the situation and avoid any accident.

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Keepers at ZSL London Zoo

London Zoo is the world’s oldest scientific zoo. It was opened in London on April 27, 1828, and was originally intended to be used as a collection for scientific study. It was eventually opened to the public in 1847. Today it houses a collection of 755 species of animals, with 15,104 individuals, from the smallest monkey to the tall giraffe, making it one of the largest collections in the United Kingdom. It is managed under the aegis of the Zoological Society of London, ZSL (established in 1826), and is situated at the northern edge of Regent’s Park.
ZSL, as international conservation organization have more than four hundred people working behind the scenes leading the world of animal care, research and conservation in more than 30 countries around the world in projects to protect animals in their natural habitat.
The role of a zoo keeper is one of the most popular jobs involving animals. They have responsibility both to the animals and to the general public. Keepers provide daily care for a zoo’s animals. Their routine involves cleaning enclosures, preparing food, providing fresh water and clean bedding and ensuring that animal enclosures are kept at the appropriate temperature and humidity. They also keep records on health, diet and the behaviour of the animals in their care and assist the vet when either preventive or curative treatment is needed.
Keepers also require good communication skills to be able to impart their enthusiasm, commitment and knowledge to the visitors. Keepers are an essential part of public education programmes, giving talks and participating and organizing events and activities for school groups and other interested parties. At ZSL London Zoo they are about 50 keepers. The zoo is open to visitors for few hours each day, but the animals are there 24 hours a day all year. The keepers need to be present all the time and some of them live at the zoo. The day starts early at 8am when a keeper’s first task is to check that all the animals are well. The work is hard, and they work long hours and regular weekends.
Keepers are usually recruited initially for the summer season only (Easter-September). The best of these temporary keepers may be retained for permanent employment. After completing a six-month probationary period, new keepers begin a two-year flexible learning course leading to the City & Guilds Advanced National Certificate in the Management of Zoo Animals. This involves studying nutrition, enclosure design, hygiene and safety, breeding, transporting animals, diseases and the role of zoos in conservation, education and research.
ZSl London Zoo offer the “Keeper for a Day” experience which gives  to people an opportunity to get up close and personal with some of ZSL’s most popular animals, for one day and also offers a unique insight into the day-to-day life of zoo keepers and their charges. Budding keepers can try their hand at tasks such as preparing food for animals, feeding the giraffes and the monkies, cleaning the penguin pool and going behind the scenes at the big cats. People have to pay a lot money for this experience,
£ 270,00 for the full day and £ 170,00 for half day.

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Billingsgate was originally a general market. It became fish market in 1699 and it moved from its original site at Lower Thames Street to Canary Wharf in 1982. The market has tremendous variety of quality fresh and frozen fish.

Based within the market and established as charitable company is the Billingsgate Seafood Training School. The aim of the school is to promote awareness of fish among young people and to increase the knowledge of those already working in the retail and catering industry. Tha market open at 5 am and at that time many people were already there to buy fish. The environment is very bright and clean.