Reasons to be Cheerful (the July roundup)

Another month of being a photographer who doesn’t take many photographs, but there is plenty going on behind the scenes. Funny how one of the main drawers to photography for me was the thought of not being stuck at a desk - isn’t technological progress great.

Despite the daily dose of single-acts of hate and the horrors of mass-killings around the world, I am feeling resolutely upbeat. 

My favourite job this month was a simple reportage-styled affair, recording the day's events at a community Funday in a place called Chalkhill, northwest London. 

The sun was shining and the MC made a point of stating that people were there to celebrate diversity and their rich community. There was a one-minute silence for those who lost their lives in the 'Nice Terror Attacks' which had happened a couple of days before. 

Three local councillors attended and each one of them was well received. The Mayor of Brent, Councillor Parvez Ahmed was very charismatic and everyone seemed to know him!

There were lots of events and entertainers throughout the day, including an amazing performance from some traditional African acrobats. Alongside this, local people were thanked for their contributions, including a couple of long-serving foster carers. It truly was a community event and a reminder of how easy it is to serve your fellow humans.

Community spirit

Community spirit

Light my fire! Fanti Acrobats International.

Light my fire! Fanti Acrobats International.

Other things that happened this month:

I entered the Holy Grail of Portrait photographers’ competition, The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait prize. I am looking forward to the day I see one of my pictures hanging in the National Portrait Gallery!

I went to see Last Shadow Puppets at Alexandra Palace. Great crowd, very entertaining and walkable from home. Win

On the theme of music, my friend Daisy and I went along to watch The Fuze in Camden. This is a guy whose promo-shots I took about six years ago when he was starting out. A hippy-happy-rock fusion. Lovely atmosphere, not sure I dig the music, but we managed to win the prize for best dressed (slight coercion from Daisy)!

I actually had my picture taken this month, by my talented friend, Chris Brock.

Peace and out