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Christopher Ward

Lifestyle shots for luxury watch brand Christopher Wards’s social media.

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Portrait
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Protest
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Celebree
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BBC Lifeline

Behind the scenes and promo shots for the BBC Lifeline Charity appeal for Prostate Cancer UK.

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BBC Donations

Donation graphics for the BBC website.

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Wedding
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Freedom Riders
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Maria
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Pete and Michelle
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Weddings candid
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Rotherham Grooming

In the space of ten years over 1,400 young girls were systematically groomed and sexually abused in Rotherham alone. Many of the girls were as young as 11 when the abuse began and were raped in public places.  The very institutions put in place to protect these girls failed drastically to the point of aiding the perpetrators, many young girls were blamed for being raped, ultimately allowing the perpetrators to act with impunity.

The abusers involved in the scandal were predominantly Pakistani Heritage and there are allegations that Rotherham council and South Yorkshire police deliberately ignored the rape of young girls by Pakistani heritage men to avoid an issue that would make them unpopular in the media. With more allegations of corruption and a clear lack of transparency and responsibility from the authorities it has allowed the far right to exploit the issue to further grow their street groups. This photo essay shows a town grappling with issues of corruption, incompetence, xenophobia, misogyny and poverty and shares multiple perspectives on the scandal.

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South London
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South London Gentrification
As Central London expands, areas that were once affordable are suddenly becoming expensive usually pricing out the locals who have often lived there for most of their lives. The gentrification process is often praised for revitalising previously run down areas and spurring economic growth, However the original residents rarely get to reap these benefits. What often happens is these poorer residents are often pushed further and further out into the city suburbs.

South London is currently undergoing the Gentrification process, with many areas modifying to accommodate the middle classes whilst simultaneously pushing out the working classes, much like the already gentrified Shoreditch area of East London. 

Newham in East London currently has a scheme to move poor families out of London altogether into communities in the North of England. Many people have argued that the ruthless gentrification process happening in South and East London is tantamount to Social cleansing and if London carries on down this path, mixed communities will no longer exist and instead there will be a central haven for the rich and far out ghettos for the poor. 

This is the start of a long term project documenting the residents of South London. The project is in its early phase but as i continue i will document how the area changes over the coming years.

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Kicked Out

Central London is already unobtainable for even the middle classes of England, the only people who can afford to live in desirable post codes are the ultra wealthy. With many gated and heavily policed communities in central London this has had a knock on effect onto South London. Many of the cities homeless people flock to areas such as Waterloo park to spend the night as they are regularly moved along by police and private security from many central London locations. Because many homeless people wish to stay near central London so they can make money from the high density of people there is a high density of homeless people on the fringes of South London, getting pushed further and further back. 

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The Community

As you go deeper into South London you will notice it currently has perhaps one of the most diverse communities in England. People from different economic background, race and religions live together. That isn’t to say there isn’t any tension in the area however it is largely peaceful.The majority of people live day to day and try their best to earn a living to feed themselves and their families. 

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Heygate and Aylesbury

The Heygate estate in Elephant and Castle has had all it’s social housing tenant evicted and is set for demolition. The estate had a huge smear campaign against it, often been labelled “a crime infested” hellhole. However crime statistics prove that crime in the Heygate was no worse than elsewhere in South London.

Once the estate is destroyed it will make way for expensive housing unobtainable for the previous residents.

Before the Heygate was boarded up and sealed from the public by private security guards so it can be prepped for demolition, many locals used the abandoned estate as a park, to do sports, videos and arts. 

The Aylesbury estate is further down the road from the Heygate and of similar architecture. It is set to follow the same path however is slightly behind. They Heygate is completely abandoned where as the Aylesbury still has most of its residents. 

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Railway Arches

London’s railway arches have long been a hub for traditional trades and crafts. From mechanics to steel fabricators a whole wealth of different trades are tucked away underneath London’s many railway tracks. This project explores the diversity of business in London’s railway arches and how traditional trades are now side by side with more modern artistic spaces.

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South Yorkshire
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South Yorkshire

South Yorkshire Culture

This work is a recent photography project documenting the changing landscapes, lifestyles and culture of South Yorkshire focusing on the quirky details that separate us from the rest of the UK. One prominent theme of the work is the effects of deindustrialisation on the local people, economy and landscape examining modern day life in South Yorkshire. 

The work is not to be representative of the whole of South Yorkshire but a subjective view of Britain’s transition from an industrial nation to a “financial services nation”, exposing how the wealth made in central London never made it’s way up north. The work examines the local traditions, economies and the proud culture of South Yorkshire showing the contradictions of life in post Thatcher Britain. 

If You are from outside the UK or are unaware of South Yorkshires industrial and social history i have provided a brief overview at the bottom of the page.

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Jeff and Sue

Jeff and Sue have been married over 40 years and have three children who are all grown up. Jeff is an ex-miner who is now retried where as Sue used to work in the local corner shop. Jeff worked as a pony boy in his younger days, assisting the pony’s bringing heavy loads of coal.

They currently live in a bungalow on George street, Ryhill Wakefield. Sue enjoys going round to her neighbour Christine’s house to play “Zumba Fitness” a Wii fitness game. 

Jeff is a big fan of real ale, a local delicacy in South Yorkshire, which he drinks down his local Workings Mens Club over a game of Snooker. He says “I prefer it to larger because it’s got none of them nasty gasses and guz darn better” 

Sue doesn’t like him going down the pub every night as she is worried he will run into trouble on the way home or will spend too much money so to stop him from going she occasionally slips Amitriptyline sleeping tablets in his tea so he is too tired to go. 

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Pete

If you take a trip round the corner you will find Pete. Pete lives in a terrace house not too dissimilar to Jeff and Sues Bungalows however there is one key difference. He has no furniture in his house because that’s where he keeps his ten favourite motor bikes.


Pete is a motorbike enthusiast that finds, recovers and buys very old bikes to repair and bring them back to their original glory. His favourite is his original WW2 bike which he rides whilst wearing his WW2 outfit. Pete says “my bikes are my pride and joy and are like my children” together they have a combined value of nearly £100,000.

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George Street Farmer

Across the road in the Bungalow opposite Jeff and Sue is Anthony a 24 year old man. Due to the lack of job opportunities for young people and his unique family connections Anthony has been creative with how he makes his living and has a small scrap yard in his back garden.

His family originally immigrated to South Yorkshire from Lincolnshire in search of work. They got work sinking mine shafts and supplying materials to the mines. Once the mines closed it had a knock on effect to the wider community and economy which was often reliant on the mines. They had to quickly reassess how they were going to make a living.

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Pigeon Fancier

Pigeon fancying is perhaps one of the oldest of Yorkshire traditions. Chris and Darrell are brothers that keep and race pigeons together as a hobby, they have done since they were young kids with their father. Chris is a policeman where as Darrell is a steelworker. This is their prize winning bird, which came second on recent race.

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Housing

As rent and living costs are getting higher across England, many ruthless landlords are exploiting the situation. Many council houses have been bought up cheaply by wealthy landlords due to the right to by scheme and rented back to people for much higher rents. Today the conservative government is demonising and attacking anyone on a low income as an excuse to remove vital welfare support. 

Many of the people photographed have been forced to live in to single bedsits due to the“bedroom tax” which deducts £20 per week from their benefits ultimately making them short for rent, falling into debt and arrears and getting evicted. This tax has ruthlessly been applied to disabled people who need spare rooms for carers, pensioners who have lived there all their lives and people in-between jobs being forced to move out of the family home. Contrast this with the sheer amount of abandoned and bordered up housing and the mass privatisation of social housing you realise it is done for ideological reasons to shift people into the private sector. 

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Park Hill

As you leave Wakefield and Barnsley and enter Sheffield city Centre the first thing you will notice is the Park Hill Estate. Originally built in the 1960′s entirely as social housing Park Hill was hailed for its revolutionary vision of “streets in the sky”. However in the 1980′s as unemployment gripped the area Park Hill gained a reputation for crime and drugs and was dubbed “San Quinten” by some locals.

The estate is currently undergoing a troubled redevelopment/ Privatisation and all its original social housing tenants face eviction to make way for the new private tenants. The newly renovated part (right) makes up a quarter of building while 2/4′s are abandoned and the last 1/4 still has the last remaining original Social housing tenants. Sheffield is Currently facing a mass shortage of social housing with 7 year waiting lists. Today they are only around 100 tenants left.

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Tia Anna/ Dan

After i got to know the community at Park Hill i met Tia Anna. He used to be a construction worker who went by the name Dan. However for the 10 years he has been openly Transgender.

He said the residents of Park Hill are surprisingly tolerant of his lifestyle choice, however he did have a problem with an older man a few doors down stalking him and making death threats. Dan lives by himself in Park Hill.

He is very creative and is currently writing a gay adventure novel, he has designed a map of an island in the novel which can be seen on his bedroom wall.

He has a homemade guitar constructed out of a bicycle wheel and a foam vagina hat for fancy dress.

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Olushola

Olushola is one of the last remaining residents of the Park Hill Estate, Sheffield. She has lived on the estate for around 20 years and has enjoyed her time there. A few years ago Olushola was sectioned and diagnosed with depression, this resulted in social services taking her son away. Now she is currently fighting to gain custody but is struggling under the pressure of having to find a new home.

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Markets

In a time where high-street shops are closing down, the markets in South Yorkshire are becoming one of the most thriving sections of the local economy and often feature up to 100, 000 people per week. Many of these markets have a unique local charm which may not exist in the same way once they are due to get a facelift. 

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Weekend Warriors

England is internationally known for its drinking culture. At sun-fall our town centres transform from places of business to party paradise. There is a both a positive and negative side of this culture. The majority of people have a fun filled night that is much needed after a long week’s work. Unfortunately a minority of people clog up ambulance and police services through excessive drinking and causing trouble. But the atmosphere of a working class high street on a night out is quite unique to anywhere else, even if some people do take it too far.

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Dogs

Documenting the many dogs and dog owners of South Yorkshire in all their shapes and sizes. 

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Rotherham

A look at life in the suburbs of Rotherham. Photos taken in Eastwood, a suburb close to the city centre made up largely by the Pakistani-British community. Other photos taken in Maltby, where the UK’s last deep mine was recently closed down.

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Thatchers funeral

On April the 8th 2013 Margaret Thatcher died. In a country still divided the country was torn between mourning and jubilation.

Goldthorpe, Barnsley was surrounded by 6 mine’s and was one of the most militant villages in support of the Miners Strike. When the mines were closed Goldthorpe was one of the hardest hit pit villages in South Yorkshire and is today one the most impoverished areas of Barnsley. Once a prosperous area that attracted immigration the locals, most who were fit and willing to work, were pushed onto disability benefits as a way of masking the unemployment figures and the dire state of job opportunity in South Yorkshire. Today the area has been forgotten and is now almost entirely dependant on Welfare and many of the residents have left. 

Many Ex miners still feel strong about Thatchers impact on their community. With the mainstream press in compulsory mourning the people of Goldthorpe celebrated her death their own way by parading an effigy around the village and placing it on a pyre behind the miners welfare WMC. 


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