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Career Ready

Career Ready is a charity that places promising kids from disadvantaged backgrounds with mentors in businesses. I visited a number of them doing internships at locations around London, mostly in the City and Canary Wharf. There were some inspiring stories.

Addison Lean

Taxi company Addison Lee recruited Olympic champion Laura Kenny to publicise a cycle safety campaign aimed at reducing “car-dooring”. The purpose was to teach drivers to open the door with their opposite arm as this naturally positions their head to be facing backwards so they see cyclists approaching from the rear before their door is fully open. Laura was a real pro and we got some great shots in a very short time. Images were quickly edited to make afternoon papers.

Wimbledon Common

I’ve recently been commissioned to photograph Wimbledon Common for their new website, shortly to be launched. I had never been before and was impressed both by how country-like (or unparklike) it is and the passion shown for it by the local residents. The common was once owned by an Earl Spencer who gave it up for an annuity of £1,200 (quite a lot in 1871) paid by local residents. Those within a 3/4 mile now pay a levy via their council tax and vote elect conservators to oversee the management – a subject about which everyone has strong opinions.

There is a long time military connection with the common and some ex-servicemen become Wimbledon Common keepers – mounted security guards who keep an eye out for bye-law breakers and chase them down if necessary. Apparently the local police will contact the keepers if criminals flee to the Common and they usually catch them due to their superior knowledge of the terrain.

Photo of mounted warden on Wimbledon Common

Child walking along path on Wimbledon Common