Book Launch: The Power of Now

Grapes 2

Last night I went down to be a part of the book launch by co-founder of the Transition Town movement, Rob Hopkins. The Transition Town movement promotes sustainability projects applying a bottom up approach, using a framework of local communities. Founded in 2007, the movement is growing rapidly and now boasts over 1,000 in  40 different countries. When listening to Rob talk it’s not difficult to see why the movement is so popular, as his enthusiasm is infectious and his ideas come across with clarity and logic. Change begins in small communities and spreads throughout neighbourhoods, towns and beyond, that’s the message.

The talk was illustrated using case studies from various projects, such as Transition Tooting’s high street pop-up shop with “nothing for sale, but lots to offer”, a space which served as a room for discussion, debate and workshops. Another was a shop in a Yorkshire village which, when threatened with closure, was taken over by the community in order to serve edible food grown and made by the community.

Crystal Palace Transition Town seems to be one of the most energetic at present, a fact backed up by the numerous speakers relaying projects happening throughout the area. An observer said he thought that the atmosphere had turned evangelical due to various whoops and hollers coming from a section of the audience. A revolution has come and planted itself in this corner of South London, and although it is usually a quiet one, converts can be forgiven for letting out a little celebrating when their Messiah has come to town!

Abseil fundraiser

Abseil

There have to be easier ways of fundraising than abseiling down a tall building while donning a superhero costume. Yet that’s exactly what these five did on behalf of St. Mungo’s, the homeless charity. I love the James Bond like character in the background who looks like he’s making a quick crafty getaway. It’s one of those happy accidents that photographers get after taking about 20 shots of the same scene!

Photo in The Telegraph

Last draught beer at Black Lion

It’s not every day that I get a picture in one of the national newspapers, so when it happens I’m happy. This is a local story which could potentially have repercussions across the country’s pubs. The Landlord of Kilburn’s Black Lion is furious at his supplier’s cost for beer, and has boycotted draught ale altogether, resorting to sell bottles only. It’s a big risk for him, but there are pub landlords who are behind him, so the boycott could spread throughout pubs who are trapped in similar contracts.

The photo shows a wake being acted out for a keg of beer. It’s never easy shooting subjects dressed in black at night time in front of a black pub, so I was happy that I had time to get some height on the procession, and some light came from the right of the camera by way of a TV camera.

There’s another picture from the Black Lion during some more generic shoot of the pub in my assignments gallery