Saturday, March 02, 2019

Elvis At The Mart 2019

Since 2012 I have been photographing people visiting the King's Lynn Mart which starts on 14th February each year and has done so since it was decreed by royal statute back in 1204. There's a good piece here by Lucy Mangan on its history, and in particular Frederick Savage (1828-1897), the engineer who designed many fairground rides of the time. 

I visited it a few times during the early 1980s, probably on 'Children's Day' when all the rides were half price. Then there were a lot of skinheads hanging around then and creating the occasional 'pile on'. You don't see that much anymore; although there was quite a good one this year between a a few lads which I managed to witness. Pile ons are now known as 'anti social behaviour' and the police get called whereas in the past it was dealt with by the roustabouts who were then the ultimate arbiters in disputes in which a slap on the ear with a gold sovereigned fingered hand was the ultimate behaviour modifier . 

If you are a teenager today the Mart probably still probably feels edgy.  Beyond the view of the grown ups there is the opportunity for a glimpse into a world where the girls from the nicer parts of the town can catch a cigarette off the lad from Turbus Road out of sight and concern of their parents.


The picture below is my favourite image from this year. This guy looks very cool - like a young Elvis in a tracksuit,  with his girlfriend on his knee and a don't care half-snarl at the adult world. 


If you're interested you can see a loose edit of the work to date here.




Sunday, January 20, 2019


On Tuesday 15th January 2019, the day of the Brexit vote I was asked to do an interview for BBC Radio 5 about the cultural possibilities of Brexit, but I got spiked apparently due to time constraints. One of the odd things that came about from it is that the BBC like to do their interviews via Facetime and they were surprised  that I didn't own an Apple Iphone ( I have a 4 year old Samsung ). They had to make a special arrangement to accommodate my landline, but the interview didn't transpire so that was that......A day later I got a call from a Swedish radio station called Severiges Radio asking about the same thing. I spoke to them for about twenty minutes of which they used about two minutes mashed together.  See here. Some of the text got lost in translation as well and it seems the phrase 'Brexitanh√§ngare' (Brexitan Hangers) has been introduced into the language as a result to describe people who are reluctant to admit they voted out in the Referendum.





Friday, September 21, 2018

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Friday, June 23, 2017

Friday, May 05, 2017

"What is it about my smiling face that's some look at Golly and think of race? 
For when all is said and done I am just a toy to give you fun. 
I mean no harm and do love all, black or white big or small. 
It's the year 2000 so surely it's time for narrow minded people to open their eyes. 
I am just like a Teddy and love a cuddle, it makes me sad that people are still in a muddle."

Monday, January 02, 2017

Wednesday, October 12, 2016