Cafe Art in London Photo Festival


The timeless image of a clown contrasts with the modern ‘Gherkin’ building, setting the story in a particular time and place in history: London today.

Cafe Art's Louise Danby chose two moving photos to be exhibited in the London Photo Festival in the Crypt of St George's The Martyr, Borough High Street later this week. It's hard to believe that Louise has only owned the camera for a few months, purchased with money earned through the MY LONDON calendar sales. The theme of the exhibition is architecture and street photography and London Photo Festival kindly sponsored Louise's entry by waiving her fee. Thanks Emma and Kitt! Louise describes the two photos being exhibited, taken with her new digital camera: ‘Organised by Class War, [they were of] a march protesting a new apartment building rule where the low income tenants have to enter through a different entrance to the high income tenants.' 'Held on 1 May, it was from Aldgate to Soho Square via Tower Bridge. The timeless image of a clown contrasts with the modern ‘Gherkin’ building, setting the story in a particular time and place in history: London today. The second photo shows the new ‘Walkie Talkie’ building and Tower Bridge, both which stand for capitalist power in contrast to the goals of the protesters.’



Louise Danby with the digital camera purchased with proceeds from the MY LONDON calendar project.

Louise participated in the 2014 Cafe Art Photography Contest in July. She was one of 105 people affected by homelessness given single-use (‘disposable’) cameras. Two of her contest photographs were selected for 2014 exhibition by a panel of judges, including representatives from The Royal Photographic Society (RPS), Amateur Photographer magazine and the London Photo Festival. Both images are in the 2015 MY LONDON calendar (October and December). The project raises money for art groups run by homelessness sector organisations including Crisis, St Mungo’s Broadway, The Connection and St Martins-in-the-Fields and Providence Row. Louise was able to buy the digital camera that she used for these photos with money earned from the project. The RPS has given her a free membership to the Society.See the London Photo Festival at The Crypt, St George the Martyr Church, Borough High St, London, SE1 1JA (Opposite Borough Station). You can purchase the framed A3-sized photos for £80 each.

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