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Simon Roberts Photo miscellanea from the road & archive. Contributor to @natgeo. New book ‘Merrie Albion- Landscape Studies of a Small Island’, now available: https://goo.gl/XqPkNX
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simoncroberts Diamond jubilee celebration, craven vale estate, brighton, east sussex, 2012 from merrie albion- landscape studies of a small island. one of the prints that will be on display at my exhibition @flowersgallery from 19 january - 10 march 2018. #merriealbion #landscapestudiesofasmallisland
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simoncroberts Griffin youth club event, saint wilfrid’s, blackburn, lancashire, 23 july 2008 from merrie albion- landscape studies of a small island. one of the prints that will be on display at my exhibition @flowersgallery from 19 january - 10 march 2018. #merriealbion #landscapestudiesofasmallisland
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simoncroberts Annual eton college procession of boats, river thames, windsor, berkshire, 17 june 2016 from merrie albion- landscape studies of a small island. one of the prints that will be on display at my exhibition @flowersgallery from 19 january - 10 march 2018. the photograph can also be found in today’s @thestmagazine. book published by @dewi_lewis_publishing #merriealbion #landscapestudiesofasmallisland #etoncollege
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simoncroberts National campaign against fees and cuts, parliament square, london, 9 december 2010 from merrie albion- landscape studies of a small island. one of the prints that will be on display at my exhibition @flowersgallery from 19 january - 10 march 2018. #merriealbion #landscapestudiesofasmallisland
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simoncroberts Eid al-fitr celebrations, jamia mosque, green street, bristol, 8 august 2013 from #merriealbion. this is one of the prints that will be on display at my exhibition @flowersgallery from 19 january - 10 march 2018. #merriealbion #landscapestudiesofasmallisland #bristol members of bristol’s muslim community celebrate eid al-fitr, a day that marks the end of ramadan. the jamia mosque was originally the site of st katherine’s church, but was purchased by the british muslim association for conversion in 1968; it was the first mosque in bristol and is currently the largest mosque in the south-west of england. bristol was the first uk city to be named a european green capital since the awards began in 2010. green initiatives in the city have included urban farming enterprises that are taking advantage of inner-city spaces not usually suited to agriculture, and the incredible edible initiative which turns urban parks, residents’ front gardens, and kerb-sides into potential growing spots for the community.
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simoncroberts Dickens festival, broadstairs, kent, 2008 from #merriealbion. one of the prints that will be on display at my exhibition @flowersgallery from 19 january - 10 march 2018. #merriealbion #landscapestudiesofasmallisland the broadstairs dickens festival was founded in 1937 to commemorate the centenary of dickens’s birth. dickens visited broadstairs frequently; it was his favourite seaside summer escape between 1837 and 1859, and he called it ‘our english watering place’. gladys waterer, who at the time of the founding of the dickens festival lived in dickens house, conceived of the idea of putting on a production of david copperfield, and publicizing it by having people wear victorian dress about the town. the festival has been held annually in the third week of june ever since, with the only exception being the second world war years. events include gin tasting at a victorian gin palace, mayhem on the prom, and a beach picnic in authentic bathing suits.
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simoncroberts Another photograph from the daily herald archives and used as part of the ‘bussing out’ research project, some of which is currently on show @mediamuseum. the photograph shows london dock workers protesting against immigration in support of enoch powell in 1968. some of the protestors carry racist signs. the newspaper’s editor has highlighted a black child happily walking alongside the protestors. find out more about the bussing out project here: http://bussingout.co.uk/. #bussingout #dailyheraldarchive
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simoncroberts A photograph from the daily herald archives held in the @mediamuseum collection. it features a crowd of people waiting at nairobi airport to fly to the uk (probably taken 1963). an editor of the daily herald has traced a map of the uk over the photograph. it has been used as part of a research which records the experiences of people who were part of bradford’s bussing out story; between 1965 -1980 many black and asian children in bradford were ‘bussed out’ to schools that were miles away from their homes. #bussingout #dailyheraldarchive
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simoncroberts Spending a very pleasurable day in the archives of @mediamuseum collection in bradford looking at the work of tony ray jones. here’s a negative s***p containing one of my favourite seaside scenes he took. #tonyrayjones #photographicarchives #negativestrips
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simoncroberts Wishing you all a wonderful 2018; and may the light shine through! ‘flares #3/3, desert blast, nevada, usa’ #desertblast #enlightening2018
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simoncroberts Wishing you all a wonderful 2018; and may the light shine through! ‘flares #2/3, desert blast, nevada, usa’ #desertblast #enlightening2018
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simoncroberts Wishing you all a wonderful 2018; and may the light shine through! ‘flares #1/3, desert blast, nevada, usa’ #desertblast #enlightening2018
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simoncroberts Washing hangs outside traditional wooden homes in this yakut village of magarass, yakutia, northern siberia, russia. the yakut are historically a turkic people whose ancestors were kurykans who migrated from yenisey river to lake baikal. several tribes still lead semi-nomadic lives, living in yurts and surviving by traditional means – hunting, fishing, raising cattle and herding reindeer. with temperatures plunging from 30 degrees celsius in summer to minus 60 in winter, it was the place where revolutionaries and criminals were sent into exile in tsarist times and later became the site of numerous soviet labour camps. now yakutia is mostly known for its huge mineral resources and is the world's second largest producer of diamonds, gold and other precious metals. #polyarnyenochi #murmansk #simonroberts #russianwinter #polarnights (nb. this post has been edited to clarify an error about the ancestory of the yakuts)
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simoncroberts A soviet military mural painted on the side of an apartment block in murmansk, northern russia. murmansk was the last city founded in the russian empire. in 1915, world war i needs led to the construction of the railroad from petrozavodsk to an ice-free location on the murman coast in the russian arctic, to which russia's allies shipped military supplies. today it remains by far the largest city north of the arctic circle and is a major port on the arctic ocean. #polyarnyenochi #murmansk #simonroberts #russianwinter #polarnights
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simoncroberts Lenin still has a presence in most russian towns, usually presiding over ploschad lenina (‘lenin square’). in granite, marble, bronze or silver, he comes with a range of personas: the contemplative intellectual, the energetic motivator, the great statesman and the humble proletarian, cap in hand. in apatity’s ploschad lenina, he stands with his hands in his coat pocket, covered with a sprinkling of snow. apatity, murmansk region, northern russia. #polyarnyenochi #murmansk #simonroberts #russianwinter #polarnights
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simoncroberts Pedestrians cross a footbridge over murmansk's freight railyard, northern russia. in addition to civilian usage the railway is also used to remove radioative waste products, shipping them to local processing facilities. one third of russia’s population live and work in these inhospitable climatic conditions (the period of polar nights is reportedly very taxing on the human body and can trigger depression). it is perhaps miraculous that factories, apartment blocks, towns and entire cities have been constructed in what should be a deserted, arctic wasteland. #polyarnyenochi #murmansk #simonroberts #russianwinter #polarnights
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simoncroberts Murmansk harbour, northern russia from the series polyarnye nochi. while statistics vary wildly, at least a hundred nuclear-powered submarines, some equipped with warheads and nearly all loaded with radioactive materials, are languishing in murmansk’s harbour and sling the kola peninsula. decommissioning the submarines would involve removing reactors, spent fuel and radioactive waste products and shipping them to a processing facility. after reprocessing these materials they then need to be contained and placed in long-term storage (where they will be safe, in theory, for tens of thousands of years). #polyarnyenochi #murmansk #simonroberts #russianwinter #polarnights
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simoncroberts An abandoned truck and the daniel morgan ship (left) in the barents sea, outside the russian city of murmansk. the american warship, daniel morgan, was torpedoed by the germans and sunk on 7th may 1942. it now sits rusting in the barents sea on the edge of murmansk. it was a liberty ship that may have been named after general daniel morgan (c1735-1802) who was a revolutionary war general. #murmanskregion #polyarnyenochi #murmansk #simonroberts #russianwinter #polarnights
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simoncroberts In mid afternoon, an elderly man walks through a residential area of murmansk, russia from my series, polyarnye nochi. unforgiving and dramatic winters have often been regarded as one of russia’s most defining characteristics: extreme temperatures, physical privation, an atmosphere of isolation and desolation, but also great beauty. winter in northern russia, where this photograph was taken finds a region shrouded in darkness nearly 24 hours a day, a phenomenon known as polyarnye nochi (polar nights). throughout december until mid-january, the sun remains below the horizon and there is only a faint glow of light visible around midday. #polarnights #polyarnyenochi
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simoncroberts A passenger disembarks from an aeroplane at yakutsk airport eastern siberia, russia from my series, polyarnye nochi. unforgiving and dramatic winters have often been regarded as one of russia’s most defining characteristics: extreme temperatures, physical privation, an atmosphere of isolation and desolation, but also great beauty. winter in northern russia, where this photograph was taken finds a region shrouded in darkness nearly 24 hours a day, a phenomenon known as polyarnye nochi (polar nights). throughout december until mid-january, the sun remains below the horizon and there is only a faint glow of light visible around midday. #polarnights #polyarnyenochi #yakutsk
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