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Welcome to (possibly) the new home of Deptford Visions. The WordPress install on the original site became irretrievably borked. Timely really, I got so bored nurturing WordPress (and I really do mean nurturing that PoS).

You can't even see the old site at http://deptfordvisions.com - it broke. Six years of labyrinthine dependencies-&-not-quite-working-together plugins finally took their mangled toll.

Elsewhere, my (non photographic) blog is at http://blog.snapsthoughts.com which is also NOT WordPress.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy it and do leave me some love comments...

 

Fishing

April 14, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Today we had pollution warnings over the SE of England and the air around Dungeness had a horrible soupy yellow quality. Normally it is very clear with big big skies.

FishingFishingFishing on the shingle at Dungeness

The air pollution isn't too apparent in this photo. I like it despite that because it has a peaceful, serene feeling with the odd juxtaposition of what I assume to be a hide for bird watchers on the right and the fisherman, braced, to the left. Everything points towards the hide - the clouds, the shingle and the sea but for me, it is the fisherman that gets my attention.

And oddly, just behind us is the huge nuclear power station which is currently being decommissioned. Instead of the usual steady almost subliminal thrum of the reactors as a constant background, there is now a babel of crashing, smashing and crushing of concrete and steel. So loud!

Taken on a Nikon 800E, Nikkor 14-24/2.8 at f/7.1, 1/800sec, 15mm aperture, ISO100.


David

January 30, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Doors & walls & CCTV

January 21, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Somewhere in Lewisham...

Be[a]ware CCTVBe[a]ware CCTVWe are watching...

Be[a]ware! You are being watched

Nobody challenged me though.

CorridorCorridor

Corridor

Camera on the ceiling

To playground...To playground...Exit

No No No

The writing on the door. This one leads to the play area.

ExitExitLeave now...

Finally...

The way out.


Fuel Poverty Action demo 28 November 2014

November 28, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Pensioners deserve betterPensioners deserve betterFuel Poverty Action 28/11/2014

Fuel Poverty Action 28/11/2014 - IoD to Energy UK

Went along to this FPA action, and not just because we are personally affected - helloooo Southern Electric/SSE trying to charge us £2k+ for 3 months worth of electricity. A mistake in this case... How many others have 'mistakes' that are not as blatant or advocated effectively against?

Keep off the road. It's a road. There is traffic. Say the coppers... Most of it is their vansKeep off the road. It's a road. There is traffic. Say the coppers... Most of it is their vansFuel Poverty Action 28/11/2014

Coppers doing the usual power trip

Energy for life not tortureEnergy for life not tortureFuel Poverty Action 28/11/2014

Kill capitalism before it kills usKill capitalism before it kills usFuel Poverty Action 28/11/2014

Why are old folk freezing to death in modern BritainWhy are old folk freezing to death in modern BritainFuel Poverty Action 28/11/2014

A rhetorical question. Capitalism has a lot to answer for, but hey! A tiny percentage of the population, the 1%, get wealthier on the backs of these pensioners' deaths. Shame on them.

Stop killing us and the planet! Life before profit!Stop killing us and the planet! Life before profit!Fuel Poverty Action 28/11/2014

Global women's strike state the case.

David Clapson killed by benefit sanctions and pre-payment metersDavid Clapson killed by benefit sanctions and pre-payment metersFuel Poverty Action 28/11/2014

From The Guardian 9/9/2014:

The coroner said that when David Clapson died he had no food in his stomach. Clapson’s benefits had been stopped as a result of missing one meeting at the jobcentre. He was diabetic, and without the £71.70 a week from his jobseeker’s allowance he couldn’t afford to eat or put credit on his electricity card to keep the fridge where he kept his insulin working. Three weeks later Clapson died from diabetic ketoacidosis, caused by a severe lack of insulin. A pile of CVs was found next to his body.

More at The Mirror

On the move from Pall Mall to The HaymarketOn the move from Pall Mall to The HaymarketFuel Poverty Action 28/11/2014

On the way from Pall Mall to Energy UK on The Haymarket

Down on The HaymarketDown on The HaymarketFuel Poverty Action 28/11/2014

Down on The Haymarket. Kudos, it was very cold...

Justice for pensioners. I want a fair deal before I kick the bucketJustice for pensioners. I want a fair deal before I kick the bucketFuel Poverty Action 28/11/2014

Finishing where I started with this guy. All he wants is 'A fair deal before I kick the bucket'.


ILF Vigil Day 1, Royal Courts of Justice #SaveILF

October 22, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Nasty Party

Back in the day, to call someone a 'Tory' was to call them a thief or rapparee - a wild Irish robber & outlaw (from 'A New Canting Dictionary', originally published in London, 1725). I'll follow this up in a few paragraphs.

Today I attended the ILF vigil outside the Royal Courts of Justice because despite a judicial ruling against the closure of the Independent Living Fund (the ILF) last year, this scumbag Tory government won't give up and is trying to close the ILF again
 
 
Spiteful and vindictive, it's true Nasty Party politics as shown by Lord Freud's 'off record' but widely reported remarks about the market value of disabled people. He is not alone in the Tory party either, others share his views. Iain Duncan Smith and Esther McVey in particular, with Lord Freud, have, or will have, blood on their hands. Philip Davies MP for Shipley said something very similar to Freud in 2011 (a quick web search for Davies reveals his rabid right-wing credentials for membership of this not so exclusive group of Tories. He believes, for instance, that sex education increases the chance of teen pregnancy.
 
And pricks like this govern us...
 
 
All of the people attending vociferously support the 'Freud must go' placard and chant.
 

Background

Watch the film below and follow the accompanying links for the background to the ILF and the potentially devastating effects of its closure.
 
(Follow this direct link to view the video if it fails to load on the blog)
 
If you fail to be moved by this film you have a cold cold cold heart. Or you are a Tory.
 
This article is by Ros Wynne-Jones in today's Daily Mirror 'Tory bid to cut lifeline for profoundly disabled people as cruel as Lord Freud's words'
 
Kate Belgrave has the maths behind this particularly vindictive and malicious attack on disabled people by the Tories - 'Pretty sure Iain Duncan Smith has decided these people shouldn’t live'. Bang on.
 
The Tories are thieves, the 18th century insult is so true. They are stealing from the poor to line their own pockets through artificially created 'austerity'. Worse, they are stealing peace of mind, leaving people deeply anxious, often depressed, and dreading the future. This is a war on the poor and the disabled and I wonder just how far it can go before we cannot bear it any longer and demand change. Government is aware of this too, hence the purchase of (among other things), water canon to use against us on London streets and the militarisation of the police (TSG anyone?).
 
Austerity? Post World War II there was real austerity but thousands of homes were built, the NHS was launched and jobs were created from the ruins of the war under a Labour government. It needn't be like this (the Tory model).. Saying that of course, it is difficult to slide a rizla paper between the current Tory and Labour policies so I'm not holding my breath. What is taking place is theft, pure and simple, and amoral. Thieving from the poorest to line the pockets of the richest is digusting, and as I have said, that theft isn't limited to finance. The process is also dismantling core values we hold dear as society and I hate them for doing this.
 
And I know it needn't be like this.
 
 
And the fuckers weren't even elected on a majority vote... Kept in power by their spineless corrupt fags (to use Public School argot, which seems appropriate given their backgrounds), the Lib-Dems. A party I hope will never see the light of day in my lifetime after the next election. I'm not sure who I loathe the most.
 

Save The ILF

More positively, there was a really good turnout for the vigil
 
 
The following photograph shows Anne Pridmore with her assistance dog. The dog is wearing a jacket with the words 'Please don't let them put me in the dogs home'. This will be just one non-human casualty of the closure of the ILF. Everybody there faces some kind of heartbreak, anxiety and dread of the future.
 
 
The dog has his head trustingly on Anne's thigh, gazing up at her adoringly while she makes a plea outlining her (and many like her) predicament. Both will be heartbroken.
 
A dog is for life is drummed into us on stickers, on adverts and all over the media. I am a dog owner myself (The Dog, 'himself', has featured on my blogs and my twitter feed for the last six years). I too would be distraught, just beyond words, and I thank God I do not have to make that decision.
 
This is an all too obvious example of the heartless Tory fuckers stealing peace of mind and a joyful future. And likewise, an obvious puller of heartstrings for which I apologise.
 
 
I have lots more photos to post but I will wait till I have simmered down a bit... Meanwhile here is a slideshow of what is currently available.
 

Poor door protest, One Commercial Street, London, E5 (#poordoor)

October 19, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

A subject that should inflame anybody with a sense of equality and decency is that of 'poor-doors'. They are hardly a new phenomenon, but with the accelerated construction of 'luxury' housing in London (and where the contract specifies 'affordable' housing to be provided at the same site  too), it is one that more people are becoming aware of though protests such as these and personal experience.

The poor-door for the affordable flats located at One Commercial Street, E5 happens to be down a piss-soaked ill-lit alley beside the building. It is a 2nd class entrance apparently deliberately designed to reinforce your 2nd rate status. Don't forget, you can't use the main entrance, it is not connected to your flat.

So 'suck on that' is the message.

Location of the 'poor-door' at One Commercial Street, E5. Total segregationLocation of the 'poor-door' at One Commercial Street, E5. Total segregationNikon D800E, Nikkor 24-70f/2.8, Flash

The door hardly inspires confidence once you reach it. What better to say that you are a second class citizen than not being allowed to share the busy main entrance?

My photo has 'prettified' it though. There is no sky - the light in the photo above is all reflected from the side of One Commercial Street and the offices over the road, seamlessly. Top right is the nearest it gets during the day, and just try counting the lamps that illuminate it at night...

Concierge? Security?Concierge? Security?Nikon D800E, Nikkor 24-70f/2.8, Flash

This evening the poor door might have been the preferred entrance considering what was going on at the front door...

No smoking on the porch LOLZNo smoking on the porch LOLZNikon D800E, Nikkor 24-70f/2.8, Flash

Most of us were having a good time and getting across a serious message.

Class War, Womens Death Brigade, Smiters of the High & Mighty, Fuck Capitalism, Fuck Patriarchy bannerClass War, Womens Death Brigade, Smiters of the High & Mighty, Fuck Capitalism, Fuck Patriarchy bannerNikon D800E, Nikkor 24-70f/2.8, Flash

Looks like the copper is holding the Lucy Parsons banner. Wearing nail varnish too...Looks like the copper is holding the Lucy Parsons banner. Wearing nail varnish too...Nikon D800E, Nikkor 24-70f/2.8, Flash

Of course, by this time, getting in the poor-door was not without difficulties

The 'poor-door'The 'poor-door'Nikon D800E, Nikkor 24-70f/2.8, Flash

It was a lively demo, lots of people and banners

Full Communism bannerFull Communism bannerNikon D800E, Nikkor 24-70f/2.8, Flash

'We must devastate the avenues where the wealthy live' Lucy Parsons banner'We must devastate the avenues where the wealthy live' Lucy Parsons bannerNikon D800E, Nikkor 24-70f/2.8, Flash

And again...

'We must devastate the avenues where the wealthy live' Lucy Parsons banner'We must devastate the avenues where the wealthy live' Lucy Parsons banner. Plus, Lucy has legs LOLNikon D800E, Nikkor 24-70f/2.8, Flash

Really good to see a Durham Miners banner. Pity more from the TUC march that afternoon couldn't have shown some support

Durham Miners Accociation bannerDurham Miners Accociation bannerNikon D800E, Nikkor 24-70f/2.8, Flash

Speech!

Ian BoneIan BoneNikon D800E, Nikkor 24-70f/2.8, Flash

Speech!Speech!Nikon D800E, Nikkor 24-70f/2.8, Flash

Copper looks interested heheCopper looks interested heheNikon D800E, Nikkor 24-70f/2.8, Flash

The photo above gives a better idea of the lack of light in the alleyway. 

Finally, an obvious one to end with. Roll on...

Class War bannerClass War bannerNikon D800E, Nikkor 24-70f/2.8, Flash


Not Quite An Infinity But Recursive

August 16, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

RecursionRecursion

Not quite an infinity but I love recursion.

A photo of the bricked up arch photographed on the bricked up arch...

Camera Fuji X100, manual focus, f/2.8 1/125 ISO 200

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