Energizing Brixton

Solar panels

I went on to one of the most powerful roof tops in London. It provides electricity for the tower block on which it sits, in what is one of the country’s most successful community energy projects.

Not only is it generating power for the tenants, but the much-lauded scheme provides interns from the estate with paid work. In the featured photo they are helping the professionals with installation, but previously they aided Brixton Energy with arguably a harder task, that of raising money from local residents to provide the investment.

The organization behind this project, Brixton Energy, sprang out of Transition Town Brixton. Despite all the good things that the Transition movement does, there is often a criticism that it’s mainly for the white middle classes, so it was particularly good to see the interns didn’t conform to this stereotype. In fact they live in the estate in which they are working.

When I arrived up top expecting positive vibe from the workforce, I was met instead with tension and sulking. The professionals’ expectations didn’t live up to the interns’ productivity, and the schedule for completion was running late. But the difficulties were overcome with the help of Agamemnon Otero, Project Manager, and Brixton was able to proudly reveal it’s 3rd solar rooftop on the Roupell Park Estate.

For more pictures see my Transition Towns gallery.

 

President of the Law Society

 

Lucy Scott-Moncrieff

It was an enjoyable experience photographing an individual in the law industry who is as colourful as her snow globe collection suggests.

Lucy Scott-Moncrieff was the President of the Law Society for the year 2012-13. I photographed her at the end of her term reviewing her year in office.

Prior to this assignment, I knew she was a colourful character from a sighting of her at London Pride march surrounded by leather-clad stilt-walkers with their bottoms exposed.

But when I arrived in her office I was overjoyed to see that it was  littered with souvenirs which had been collected from worldwide trips carried out on duty: a mask from the Brazilian Law Society, a Canadian moose head (made from wire). And then came the snow globes, collected from every country she had passed through in the year.

I chose the above picture to show because it depicts Lucy’s commitment to her role, while also revealing the fun side to her character with her collected artefacts in the background. Another picture of Lucy Scott-Moncrieff can be found in my gallery with other exceptional editorial portraits