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I met Neale a good 30 years ago, I was runing a community darkroom. He came in and said he wanted to be the best photographer in the world and he wanted me to teach him all I knew. That took about 6 weeks and he was soon better than me. I continued to give him space and time. He became stylised and constantly went in search of beauty. Our ideas on that were very different.

A tory recession hit the country and the darkroom closed. We went our separate ways but we stayed in touch and our friendship grew. We were always going to work togegther again. We met up and Neale asked me if i had any words for his images,

The idea as simple as it is; is this.... he goes off does what he wants to do. We meet, we look, we talk and I come up with a few words which might fit the images and might not. We put them out together.

The first thing Neale presented to me was a set of three pictures which became Traffic Tryptych and it went like this:

Traffic amber moment;
Uncertain choice.
Left, right, straight ahead.
Never slam it into reverse.
Never go backwards.
Go down unknown roads lost.
Wait without direction.


Posted by Rich Downes, 12 December 2014

Last modified by Rich Downes, 12 December 2014

Mother and Wheelchair User Reunion

 Following on from today’s ruling ( ) I was moved to do something arty, but nothing would come and then I remembered Paul Simon’s 'Mother and Child Reunion' and wondered what it said. Seemed to me if I changed very few words I could come up with something portentous.

No I would not give you false hope
On this strange and mournful day
But the mother and wheelchair user reunion
Is only a bus stop away

Oh, little crippie of mine
I can't for the life of me
Remember a madder day
I know they say, "Let you on"
But it just don't work out that way
And the course of a journey runs
Over and over again

No I would not give you false hope
On this strange and mournful day
But the mother and wheelchair reunion
Is only a bus ride away

Having said that I am mindful of the social model promoting access for all and do worry about the mother being lambasted left, right and centre on chat shows for being responsible to her sleeping child. But then again do mothers and children have protected characteristics under the equalities act and did they ever campaign to get on the bus.

Read the real Paul Simon Mother and Child Reunion Lyrics. It’s only fair

Posted by Rich Downes, 8 December 2014

Last modified by Colin Hambrook, 9 December 2014