A project to make you feel good right through to your soul.
Discussing anything that’s making us happy, proud and passionate.
03 – Notting Hill Carnival
After the Race Riots of 1958, the first Carnival events were organised as a way of demonstrating racial unity. Rhaune Laslett organised in ’64 the Notting Hill Children’s Neighbourhood Festival which grew to become Notting Hills first ever outdoor street party in 1966. Further growth mean that by 1976 over half a million people attended, and this has since steadily grown to attract 2 million people over the bank holiday weekend, from every country you could imagine.
I snuck out to Carnival when I was about 14 and it was the best experience, and each year since it has delivered on being the best weekend in London’s calendar. Whilst at my Gran’s the other day I came across some pictures she had taken at Notting Hill Carnival in 1993 and she’s captured perfectly the best two days of the year. There is absolutely no other event like it.
See you soon, Carnival…
PHOTOGRAPHY – Henrietta Garland
02. DIESEL-‘MAKE LOVE NOT WALLS’
The SS17 ‘Make Love not Walls’ ad campaign was bloody brilliant. It was everything i feel a fashion advert should be. It was exciting and provocative and relevant to whats going on in today’s society. Kendall Jenner (armed with Pepsi can) was no where to be seen and shock horror, there were actual men kissing other men. Hallelujah!
Diesel’s know for it’s provocative and clever advertising and the latest does not disappoint. Long may it continue.
01. WE SHOULD BE PROUD…
During one of the most disturbing years the modern world has seen, during the time when people are so divided and seem to despise each other with such passion, it is easy to forget about the rest of humanity. Although so much of society is broken today we have to remember to look at the love and strength of the millions of people that are trying to fix it.
It’s easy in London to feel complacent as on the surface it seems the biggest mix of people live together in harmony. And for the most part I feel London is an accepting city but of course there still are hate crimes and inequalities as you would find anywhere.
After Brexit, after Trump, after cases of police brutality, and the refugee crisis, people have looked at those in need and have taken to the streets to protest. Although this may not make a direct or immediate difference it shows people that complete strangers from half way across the world or just next door recognise in justice and want to make a change.
Reading the newspapers and going through my social media at the beginning of this year made me feel very proud looking at people in their thousands marching against Donald Trump. It was the first time as a young person that I felt that people were listening to each other and caring about each other and that is something I hope will continue as our world gets older.