Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II visits Britwell, Slough, England. 05.04.2013
A historic visit to Slough, she last paid Slough a visit in 2002 during her Golden Jubilee UK tour. This time, to open the Britwell Community Centre on Wentworth. Brenda does Britwell.
Anti-Terrorist Raid, South London 22.07.05
I shot this on assignment for the Sunday Mirror. It was a few weeks after the 7/7 London bombings terrorist attacks. The atmosphere in the country and especially in London was extremely tense. The air of fear, distrust and suspicion was suffocating. It felt like every day there were new raids on suspects, the Sunday Mirror would send it’s staff and freelance photographers to cover every twist and turn of this appalling tragedy.
One Saturday, on the 22nd July 2005, yet another tip-off of a raid, I took these pictures of armed police in South London, hiding behind a garden shed. So suburban, apart from the SO19 armed cops. I had got real close to the action before the police had started to seal off the area. I parked up and looked over a fence, i saw their heads, but not a picture. I knocked on the flat doors adjacent to those gardens, and asked someone if I could take pictures from their second floor flat. They agreed, showed me to an ideal vantage point. Carefully opened the window and shot about 10 frames, before the cops clocked me and using a good strong language to stop immediately what I was doing. I took a frame for luck and obliged them. That was my cue to get out sharpish, incase they decided to come over and confiscate my memory card, using some kind of crap law subsection… paragraph… bla bla bla. Didn’t need to risk that so close to the paper’s deadline. I knew they were good pics. I ran down the stairs, got into the car and drove off nice and quick, just in time as the roads were being sealed off.
Next day, picture used over 2 pages, a nice result.
Barcelona 24th June 2001. Anti-capitalist demo, during World Bank Summit.
Ah, the good old days of the anti-capitalist movement. I was covering the anti-capitalist World Bank, with a Nikon F100 and a photovest full of Fuji 800 (now those were the days). Me and fellow photojournalist Guy Smallman had just walked away from the main demo, which had dissipated for the siesta and decided it was time to reward ourselves with an for an ice cold Estrella Damm. As we were walking along we passed a couple of anti-capitalist protestors in their 20s walking in anear deserted plaza, at the same time rounding the corner, four casually strolling Spanish riot police, 3 male and 1 female officer. Then, it was almost as if their ears pricked up, like a pack of wolves, they saw their prey, the young couple. Bear in mind it was a few good blocks away from where the body of the demo had been, and they weren’t carrying any banners or otherwise misbehaving. The cops gave chase and bashed them once or twice with their batons. Unprovoked police brutality pure and simple. Luckily me and Guy didn’t get whacked as well, but we didn’t fancy hanging around too to find out if we would, despite them not at all being bothered by us photographing them carrying out an unprovoked assault. After dishing out a few strong whacks, the cops then casually walked off, probably for a siesta time coffee and cigarette. Absolutely shocking, but not unusual behaviour by Spanish Riot Police. The couple ran off, we cleared out too, and had our beer.