Jess Hurd

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Resistance Is Fertile – Exhibition

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Resistance is Fertile

6 – 28 June 2015
Preview: Friday 5 June 2015, 6-9pm

Resistance is Fertile is a timely exploration of protest and the art that it engenders. The exhibition brings together leading photographers, poets and protest artists that have highlighted social movements. The exhibition includes the Miners’ strike, environmental campaigns, Poll Tax demos and land rights. The exhibition not only examines how the act of protest inspires creativity but also looks at the plethera of visual patterns created by mass protest.

The exhibition includes a large installation of new 1.87 scale models for an on-going series of work, Riot in a Jam Jar, by artist Jimmy Cauty: “These ‘small world re-enactments’ depict past and future riots, reality blurred, all within a jam jar. The jam jar represents containment, violent disturbances served up in manageable doses like news bulletins; complex situations reduced to mantle piece ornaments.”

Resistance is Fertile also combines a stunning photography exhibit by some of the leading exponents of protest photography; including Tony Sleep‘s in depth documentation of Frestonia – the name adopted by the residents and squatters of Freston Road, London, when they attempted to secede from the UK in 1977.

Other contirbuting artists include: Jamie Reid, Billy Childish, Kate EvansEmily JohnsStigDavid HoffmanTony SleepJess HurdAlan LodgeAntonio OlmosJanine WiedelAndrew Testa, Zoe Broughton, Jason Parkinson, Gary Trotter, Nigel DickinsonJohn Sturrock, Martin Mayer, David Mansell and John Harris – Report Digital.

In addition, films, protest archive, workshops, performances and talks from leading practitioners will create a vibrant festival feel and bring together many groups with a forum for discussion. Please visit our Resistance is Fertile Events Page for a full programme. 

The exhibition is part of Low Carbon Oxford week.

Open: Thursday-Sunday, 12-6pm
Venue: OVADA 
Admission Free

[IMAGE: © Jess Hurd / DESIGN: Jonathon Place]

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The Line – DNA DL90

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No Borders Eurostar Body Bags

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Business As Usual

David Cameron announces his majority government after winning the General Election. Downing Street, London. © Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk Tel: 01789-262151/07831-121483   info@reportdigital.co.uk   NUJ recommended terms & conditions apply. Moral rights asserted under Copyright Designs & Patents Act 1988. Credit is required. No part of this photo to be stored, reproduced, manipulated or transmitted by any means without permission.

David Cameron with his wife Samantha as he announces his majority government after winning the General Election. Downing Street, London.
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VE Day Celebrations

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Polling Station Police

Police officer on duty at a Tower Hamlets Polling Station. General Election. East London. © Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk

Police officer on duty at a Tower Hamlets Polling Station. General Election. East London.
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Election Door Stepping

Carol and Linda talking politics on their doorstep. Carol was going to vote UKIP, but couldn't be bothered. General Election. Tower Hamlets. East London. © Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk

Carol and Linda talking politics on their doorstep. Carol was going to vote UKIP, but couldn’t be bothered. General Election. Tower Hamlets. East London.
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Taxi For Mr Grayling

Taxi for Mr Grayling. Pre election farewell Party for Puppet Chris Grayling MP at the Ministry of Justice. Against the reorganisation of criminal defence, cuts to legal aid and the banning of books for prisoners. Organised by the Justice Alliance. London. © Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk Tel: 01789-262151/07831-121483   info@reportdigital.co.uk   NUJ recommended terms & conditions apply. Moral rights asserted under Copyright Designs & Patents Act 1988. Credit is required. No part of this photo to be stored, reproduced, manipulated or transmitted by any means without permission.

Taxi for Mr Grayling. Pre election farewell Party for Puppet Chris Grayling MP at the Ministry of Justice. Against the reorganisation of criminal defence, cuts to legal aid and the banning of books for prisoners. Organised by the Justice Alliance. London.
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Mad Dogs, Photographers & the Midday Sun

Photographer at the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark Infinity Pool, luxury 5* Hotel. Singapore. © Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk Tel: 01789-262151/07831-121483   info@reportdigital.co.uk   NUJ recommended terms & conditions apply. Moral rights asserted under Copyright Designs & Patents Act 1988. Credit is required. No part of this photo to be stored, reproduced, manipulated or transmitted by any means without permission.

Photographer with sun protective gear at the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark Infinity Pool, luxury 5* Hotel. Singapore.
© Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk

Press photographers amass a vast array of protective gear over the years. I am on my third helmet and forth gas mask. I have a kitchen cupboard devoted to safety kit; eye wash, water filtration, mosquito nets and glow sticks.

Equipment varies from job-to-job, meaning you never know when you might need a spare tampon to pack a bullet wound or some Vicks Vaporub to combat the stench of rotting bodies in an earthquake zone (thanks for that tip Mr. Upton).

I have completed Hostile Environment Training, Public Order and First Aid courses. I am good at risk assessments and having exit strategies. But nothing prepared me for what I faced last year – skin cancer.

After delaying my visit to the doctor because of other work/life traumas I was initially treated by my GP with a topical steroid cream for a skin fungus. When that failed to clear up my sore patches I was fast tracked for biopsies via the Dermatology Department at the Royal London Hospital.

I found myself in a waiting room surrounded by elderly people, dressings patched up their seeping wounds. I was pretty much half the age of most of the patients.

It was frankly quite a shock when I was told that the lesion on my chest was a Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC), not an aggressive cancer, but cancer non-the-less. Being diagnosed was surreal. You keep repeating it in your head, “I’ve got cancer”, not quite comprehending it. I was asked to strip down to my underwear to be examined and told that my proliferation of freckles on my back were also a tell-tale sign of sun damage.

I had a second lesion on my forehead, a premalignant actinic keratosis, whilst both were due to UV exposure only the BCC was cancerous. The patch on my forehead was sun related skin damage and only a marker of skin cancer risk and was successfully dispatched with a treatment echoing the Victorian era – scrapped and cauterised.

The chest BCC was treated with Photo Dynamic Therapy, a relatively new treatment using a chemical cream that sensitises the tumour cells which are then blasted with infrared light, thus preserving the integrity of the remaining healthy cells. This, I was reliably assured by my excellent consultant dermatologist Dr Catherine Harwood, created less scarring and a better cosmetic finish. Another plus point of this treatment was to be told that I have a high pain threshold, which in my job is always good to know.

Both treatments were successful and thanks to the NHS I have now been discharged. A tough year, but one which I felt compelled to share as a warning to my colleagues who work out in all weathers. The medical professionals that treated me said that I was very young to have skin cancer and the job I have done for the past 20 years undoubtably bears some responsibility. Much of our work as news-gatherers pit us against the elements, whether it involves standing around outside courts or covering street demonstrations – usually in midday heat, when the sun is most dangerous.

According to Cancer Research UK incidents of skin cancer are on the rise. Malignant melanoma is the most deadly form and more common with increasing age, although for young adults (aged 15-34) it is the second most common cancer. 37 people every day are diagnosed with melanoma, 90% surviving 10 or more years. The less aggressive, BCC is the most common form of skin cancer, but still relatively uncommon under the age of 40 but incidents are increasing.

I spoke to Professor Catherine Harwood about being ‘skin aware’:

“Most of the increase in skin cancer is due to excessive UV exposure – especially in people with fair, sun-sensitive skin types – and this exposure is fueled by natural UV (more travel abroad, more leisure time) and increasingly, artificial UV through sun bed use. In addition to sun protection, looking out for any new and changing skin lesions and reporting them early is very important” 

So from the generation that grew up with sun beds, this is a cautionary tale. Treat the sun with the respect it deserves. An effective pill to end sunburn has not yet arrived, so find shade wherever you can, liberally apply sunblock or cover up.

It appears mad dogs and photographers go out in the midday sun, but we don’t all have to be scarred by the experience.

© Jess Hurd 2015

Originally published here in The Journalist magazine.

 

The Battle for Thanet – #UKIP

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Nigel Farage, UKIP and their opposition out in Ramsgate on the last Saturday before the General Election.

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May Day – London

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May Day, International Workers Day protests. London.

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