Unite for Europe march, London

Images from the Unite for Europe March in London, 25 March 2017 © Rudolf Abraham

100,000 people from all over Britain marching through the capital, and the BBC pretty much failed to cover it.

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Unite for Europe march, London (25 March 2017) © Rudolf Abraham

Unite for Europe march London photography brexit Rudolf Abraham

Unite for Europe march, London (25 March 2017) © Rudolf Abraham

Unite for Europe march London photography brexit Rudolf Abraham

Unite for Europe march, London (25 March 2017) © Rudolf Abraham

Unite for Europe march London photography brexit Rudolf Abraham

Unite for Europe march, London (25 March 2017) © Rudolf Abraham

Unite for Europe march London photography brexit Rudolf Abraham

Unite for Europe march, London (25 March 2017) © Rudolf Abraham

Stick that to your ‘the people are behind me’, Ms May.

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The Referendum – Vote Remain

logo_markProfile_Picture_Twit_BLUE So today Britain goes to vote on whether or not to remain part of the EU, in a referendum based on a mass of misleading propaganda, lies and political opportunism, along with xenophobic scaremongering, from the likes of Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson.

Not that I think my opinion here will really change anyone’s mind – but the fact that so many actually believe the lies from the Brexit camp is profoundly depressing. I don’t want my country to sleepwalk out of the EU, to become a more inward-looking little island with a weaker economy, a more xenophobic divided outlook, a lack of influence at the EU negotiating table, less security, a more polluted environment – and all based on false premises. In a post-Brexit world, Britain still would after all have the same, unelected House of Lords; immigration wouldn’t be reduced by Brexit as Boris and others have made clear by refusing to say otherwise – if it was the NHS and other services would be completely understaffed; that much-quoted (and false) 350million figure wouldn’t get pumped into the NHS and other services; we would still want to trade with Europe but there would be more red tape/tariffs; we would no longer automatically have the right to live, work and study in other EU countries; the Govt wouldn’t miraculously do everything/anything people wanted them to (anyone out there remember how many people came out and marched against going to war in Iraq…?).

And for what? We’re already outside the euro and the Schengen Zone, and like all other EU member states have the power to veto things like Turkey maybe-one-day-in-the-far-distant-future qualifying to join the EU (if that bothers people). The state of the NHS was not caused by immigration, it is dependent on immigration. It was an international NHS staff which delivered my daughter at Whipps Cross, and I will never forget their kindness and support. The fact that the NHS is struggling and there is a lack of school places and affordable housing has less or nothing to do with the EU and immigration, and more to do with underfunding in a post-recession UK caused by the financial crash. And we don’t have an ‘open border’ with mainland Europe, we have the English Channel between us FFS.

And as for that absurd Brexit mantra of ‘Take Back Control’…? As Boris/Farage are well aware, the UK is a sovereign nation, we are not ‘ruled’ by Brussels, we make our own laws. Yes some UK laws are driven by the EU, but the figure is somewhere between 14% and 50% depending on which laws are included in the estimate, and many of these are laws that anyone in their right mind would want anyway – employment rights for equal pay, parental leave, a cleaner environment (our seas and beaches are much cleaner than they were 30 years ago thanks to the EU). There is a big fat zero evidence that a post-Brexit UK government would somehow make ‘better’ laws. For example: the UK already has levels of air pollution above legal EU limits in many cities, resulting in ~40,000 early deaths a year. What does the UK government do about this of its own accord (it doesn’t need permission from Brussels to clean up its own environmental laws)? Bugger all. Instead, UK ministers actually lobby in Brussels against proposed EU laws aimed at introducing lower air pollution limits and halving the number of deaths from air pollution within 15 years. Nice.

So, in any case, I’ve voted for the UK to remain part of the EU. If you haven’t already voted, or are undecided – please don’t not vote, or be misled into voting to leave the EU by the myths peddled by the Brexit campaign, only for us all to wake up in a Britain that is all the poorer, in every sense.

https://www.ipsos-mori.com/researchpublications/researcharchive/3742/The-Perils-of-Perception-and-the-EU.aspx
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jun/10/brexit-would-increase-uks-air-pollution-crisis-say-experts?CMP=share_btn_fb
http://www.dezeen.com/2016/06/21/sam-jacob-opinion-brexit-eu-referendum-false-nostalgia-architectural-heritage/
http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/feb/25/workers-rights-are-on-the-line-in-eu-referendum-warns-tuc
https://fullfact.org/europe/uk-law-what-proportion-influenced-eu/
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/0260242c-370b-11e6-9a05-82a9b15a8ee7.html#axzz4COuXXTwe
http://indy100.independent.co.uk/article/a-journalist-has-shared-a-story-about-boris-johnson-that-completely-undermines-his-authority-on-the-eu–bkoHJPBuVZ

And in case you just need a good laugh:
http://www.vice.com/en_uk/read/do-europeans-care-if-britain-leaves-eu-brexit-876
http://indy100.independent.co.uk/article/a-blisteringly-good-argument-for-staying-in-the-eu-involving-union-jack-underpants–ZJat8YS44W

The Rising Tide

‘The Rising Tide’, sculpture installation by Jason Decaires Taylor, on the River Thames between Vauxhall Bridge and the Houses of Parliament, London, UK (5 September 2015). The sculptures of the four horses and riders, which are in place until the end of September 2015, are only revealed at low tide. © Rudolf Abraham

Thames horses sculpture London 2015 photography Rudolf Abraham

‘The Rising Tide’, sculpture by Jason Decaires Taylor, River Thames, London (September 2015) © Rudolf Abraham


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Northumberland: The Snook

Hiking on The Snook, a long, low, dune- and grass-covered spit of land on the west side of Holy Island (Lindisfarne), Northumberland, UK. The castle-like tower hidden away among the dunes was originally a windmill, built in the 19th century to drain a mining shaft, when attempts were made to find workable coat deposits here. Holy Island and The Snook are part of one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline anywhere in Britain. © Rudolf Abraham.

The Snook, Holy Island (Lindisfarne), Northumberland, UK, photography © Rudolf Abraham

The Snook, Holy Island (Lindisfarne), Northumberland, UK. © Rudolf Abraham


Shot earlier this year while working on a feature for OE magazine.
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Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red

Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red. A field of 888,246 ceramic poppies – an art installation created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins – fills the moat surrounding the Tower of London to mark Remembrance Day, in the year of the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. London, November 2014. © Rudolf Abraham. All Rights Reserved.

Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red. A field of 888,246 ceramic poppies fills the moat surrounding the Tower of London. © Rudolf Abraham. All Rights Reserved.

Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red. A field of 888,246 ceramic poppies fills the moat surrounding the Tower of London to mark Remembrance Day and the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. London, November 2014. © Rudolf Abraham. All Rights Reserved.


The title of the work is taken from the opening line of a poem, written by an anonymous soldier of the First World War:
‘The blood swept lands and seas of red,
Where angels dare to tread…’
888,246 is the number of British military fatalities during the First World War.
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Diwali Festival, London

Diwali Festival, Trafalgar Square, London, UK (12 October 2014). Diwali is a five day annual festival celebrated in India and other countries around the world by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains – symbolizing a new beginning, the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil. The word Diwali means ‘row of lamps’, referring to the lamps which are lit to symbolize the values which this festival embodies. © Rudolf Abraham

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Diwali Festival, Trafalgar Square, London, UK (12 October 2014). © Rudolf Abraham. All Rights Reserved.


Diwali Festival London Photography (c) Rudolf Abraham rudolfabraham.co.uk 2014 All Rights Reserved

Diwali Festival, Trafalgar Square, London, UK (12 October 2014). © Rudolf Abraham. All Rights Reserved.


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Diwali Festival, Trafalgar Square, London, UK (12 October 2014). © Rudolf Abraham. All Rights Reserved.


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Saxon Shore

Images from the Saxon Shore Way, a long-distance footpath from Gravesend to Hastings in England. © Rudolf Abraham

The 12th century keep at Dover Castle. Dover, Kent, Saxon Shore Way © Rudolf Abraham

Saxon Shore Way © Rudolf Abraham

The 12th century keep at Dover Castle. Dover, Kent, Saxon Shore Way © Rudolf Abraham

White Cliffs of Dover. South Foreland, Kent, Saxon Shore Way © Rudolf Abraham

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White Cliffs of Dover. Saxon Shore Way © Rudolf Abraham


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Saxon Shore Way © Rudolf Abraham

Deal Castle. Deal, Kent, Saxon Shore Way © Rudolf Abraham

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Saxon Shore Way © Rudolf Abraham

Deal Castle. Deal, Kent, Saxon Shore Way © Rudolf Abraham

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Deal Castle. Saxon Shore Way © Rudolf Abraham

Shot while working on a feature for OE magazine.
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