A personal photo project.
"The Immigration Bill completed its passage through the House of Commons on 30 January. It is now subject to parliamentary scrutiny in the House of Lords. Subject to its parliamentary progress, the bill is expected to receive Royal Assent by the end of the session in spring 2014.
The bill will reform the removals and appeals system, making it easier and quicker to remove those with no right to be here. It will end the abuse of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights – the right to respect for private and family life. It will prevent illegal migrants accessing and abusing public services and the labour market.”
Why ‘Dark Million’?
At 8pm on Monday, February 17, 2014, Channel 5 Television, a UK entertainment station, aired a programme titled The Big Immigration Row: Live.
What really caught my eye was a reel shown from 1966 which showed a flash of a headline of a Times newspaper headline: The Dark Million
"In 1966, a current affairs programme about what was then called "the race problem" was screened on British television. It was entitled The Dark Million, after a series of articles in the Times that decried the growing number of immigrants from the Commonwealth and claimed: “The best investment that a Pakistani with TB can make is a one-way ticket to England.” The programme, though far less poisonous, asserted that those migrants brought with them “an atmosphere of foreignness - very different from the atmosphere British people are used to.”
The Dark Million is now The Dark Millions. And there is little sign of slowing down. I am a child of one of the millions. My friends are daughters, sons, brothers, sisters of the millions. The millions are not just of the Commonwealth here to rebuild her majesty’s kingdom.
We are from the EU, Asia, North America, Russia. We are Doctors, nurses, thieves, bankers, teachers, bus drivers, politicians, students, lazy bastards, artists, lawyers. And most of all we are all collectively Human.
Please help me to document the human condition of the millions by sharing on social media, by talking about it after dinner on a Sunday afternoon, by looking at yourself in the mirror, by looking at yourself in your children, by challenging your own stereotypes, by rejecting imposed prejudices.
As the project develops I will keep everyone updated when I will commence.
"Photography leads to new knowledge and/or insight. As long as it lays no claim to reality and avoids dishing up a narrative structure that the viewer is required to follow only passively.
Reality is too often presented as a flawless, unified whole, and photos are used as ‘true’ cut outs of reality. They cloud our vision rather than clarify it.”