Jess Hurd

Photographer
Archive for October, 2014

The Devil’s Valley – in the footsteps of Mr. Turner

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Apparently favorite haunt of Charles Darwin and WilliamTurner, the Dysynni Valley is stunningly beautiful, even in the rain! From Tywyn beach with its ancient petrified forest and 6,000 year old ancient peat beds to the Devil’s Valley and the legend of the Devil’s Stone (featured image).

Ancient shepherd inscriptions on the revered Devil’s Rock in Devil’s Valley. Legend has it that villagers used to skip church to dance and make merry on the stones. One Easter Sunday the devil appeared dressed as an ass and scared them back to church. Dysynni Valley. Snowdonia National Park. Wales.

© Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk

Britain Needs A Pay Rise

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Britain Needs a Pay Rise TUC demonstration, Central London.

Shot on commission, please contact the TUC to use the images.

© Jess Hurd/TUC

E15 Mothers

 

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The Focus E15 Mothers are a group of vulnerable young mums who were threatened with eviction and rehousing outside London by Newham Council.

They won their fight to be rehoused, albeit in sub standard, overpriced, private London accommodation and are now are fighting for the issue of social housing versus gentrification.

The women and their supporters have occupied a small block of abandoned flats on the Carpenters Lane estate. It is shadowed by the Stratford Olympic site and glitzy glass blocks, that tower out of the rent reach of the original local population.

People seem very happy with the new residents, who have breathed life back into the boarded up houses. The mood was pretty jubilant, despite defeat in the court the Mothers campaign will see the opening up of up to 40 previously abandoned houses.

See my Guardian commissioned piece here:

The Focus E15 protests – in pictures | Cities | The Guardian

See Jason N. Parkinson’s Guardian video here:

London’s housing crisis: the story of the Focus E15 mums – video

 

Redacted – excerpts from the Domestic Extremist Database

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Jess Hurd and Jason N. Parkinson with their work – ‘Redacted’ – We Could Not Agree, Q Park, Cavendish Square. London. © Tracey Moberly

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‘Redacted’ – a collaborative work by Jess Hurd and Jason N. Parkinson exhibited at We Could Not Agree, Q Park, Cavendish Square. London.

Redacted – excerpts from the Domestic Extremist Database

– a collaborative work by photojournalist Jess Hurd & her partner in crime, video-journalist Jason N. Parkinson shown publicly for the first time at the We Could Not Agree exhibition Q Park, Cavendish Square.

Jason Parkinson and Jess Hurd are well respected, professional, NUJ accredited journalists yet they find themselves sharing a police database with other, mostly unknowing UK citizens who have had information gathered on them in the interest of ‘national security’.

These include activists, journalists, comedians, politicians and other ‘subversives’.

This sinister, secret state surveillance has been going on a long time, but now we get the chance to examine our files, well the sections that the police allow us to look at – we suspect large swathes are redacted.

Often people say “if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear”, but what if inaccurate, subjective, bias builds up a profile of you that is shared with other agencies, you are targeted whilst working, singled out, even blacklisted and assaulted.

This has happened and will continue to happen unless it is challenged.

Secret police, covert surveillance, secret courts, we are not creeping towards a police state, we have arrived.

© Jess Hurd/Jason N. Parkinson

Image with the kind permission of artist/curator Tracey Moberly

Farage Fashion?

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Harris tweed hipsters drinking on Oxford Street. London.

© Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk

#NOTTIP

No TTIP Demo. Against the US/EU Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, a trade deal currently being negotiated which will accelerate the privatisation of public services and bypass the democratic process. Parliament Square, Westminster, London.

© Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk

Kurds Protest Against ISIS

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Protest of Kurds against the ISIS attack on Kobane. Fighting erupts as police attempt to stop and search a Kurdish demonstrator, who is later released. Parliament Square, London.

© Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk

We Could Not Agree – Exhibition Invite

 

Next week sees the opening of We Could Not Agree

Myself and video journalist Jason N. Parkinson are exhibiting a piece called:

 REDACTED – excerpts from the Domestic Extremist Database – (UPDATE)

– a collaborative work of previously unseen content from our secret police files.

Please do come along!

Thanks to our fabulous friend, artist/photographer Tracey Moberly who is one of the shows curators.

 

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Conservative Party Conference

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Conservative Party Conference, The ICC Birmingham

© Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk

Images available from www.reportdigital.co.uk 


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