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Bathroom from Hell : London : UK
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Matt is obviously losing it........... he is being forced to look through tons of my old junk........... stuff I can hardly face looking at myself........ negs and prints that were stored.......... kept in storage containers most for well over ten years............ he has sent me a not so subliminal reaction to all this .......... yesterday he found the pic of the 1991 Liverpool garbage workers strike......... which he posted on this blog .......... today he has sent me this vile bathroom shot.......... what is he trying to say?

You know I used to think that I could remember every picture that I ever took.......... and the circumstances that I did it in........ just by looking at the pictures .............. and you know when I look through contact sheets or whole jobs I normally can........... this........... on its own out of context......... er......... don't think it was one of my cheapo apartments......... hehehe......... no I think it was probably shot for Time Out Magazine when I worked with the then News Editor Andy Bell who went on to run World in Action....... he was a great investigative journalist...... big on social justice.......... and at the time he was real big on exposing rip off landlords ....... and the appaulling conditions they left their tenants to face ........ especially landlords that were paid to house people directly through social security..........

So I guess this picture has more relavance today than i was first thinking............ As today controversy raged over remarks by the Conservative Mayor of London.... Boris Johnson ........ with him stating that he fears a Kosovo Style Ethnic/Social/Economic Cleansing of London as poorer people and families will be driven out of London by the proposed Conservative led government cuts to housing benefit.

Im certain this image was part of a set to show the condition of an apartment allocated by a private landlord to a family living in poverty due to be housed through a local authority welfare program.

I can almost remember looking through a 20mm lens trying to get distance on this in a tiny bathroom......... but............... but yeah......... I still can't quite picture the whole shoot and the specifics of this story............

Cheers Jez XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

PS....... After that grimness above....... if you may need a bit of beauty and audio chill......... harv sent me this link yesterday..............http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=soW1aR703Pk&feature=related I like this way chilled version thanx Harv......... but I also like this Placebo version with the original Kate Bush Video

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