Genesis Carnival Company were celebrating 30 years at the Notting Hill Carnival this year.
“Genesis Carnival Company was established in 1980 by Vernon ‘Fellows’ Williams. Vernon Williams was also a founder member of the Notting Hill Carnival in 1964 when he and a group of fellow musicians left the Colherne Pub in Earl’s Court and played music in the streets along Ladbroke Grove and Acklam Road with a large following of people dancing in the streets. This was the foundation of what the carnival street parade is today.”
The theme this year was ‘Cyber Tribe’ and the costumes were incredible as were the masqueraders (I definitely never thought I would see Jenny Cumming dressed like this!). I felt really privileged to be on board as the photographer and had a great time. From the fried dumplings and salt-fish breakfast through to the mass dance to Cameo’s “Candy’ in Ladbroke Grove in the evening, I enjoyed every minute of it. Thanks to everyone who made me feel part of the family especially Symone who has led Genesis since her father Vernon passed away in 2002. The large puppet dressed in black ‘The King’ was modeled on her father and was worn/operated by her brother Kevin.
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I designed these for Hammersmith & Fulham Action on Disability.
‘HAFAD is an independent organisation promoting equality for disabled people. It provides high quality services and campaigns to remove artificial barriers to develop opportunity, choice and independence.’
I’ve been working there as a job coach now for a few months as well as working on the youth scheme and doing some design and photography work for them. They are a fantastic organization who make a real difference in many people’s lives and are in real danger from this governments policy of savage, short-sighted cuts and selling off of assets (i.e the building they use). By promoting independence and opportunity for disabled people the govt can save a lot of money in benefits in the long term by not promoting it you are tying people to the benefits system and destroying their self-worth. Well done Cameron and Clegg, your legacy will be worse than Thatchers at the rate you’re going.
These are not the final versions which will be used but are the one’s I prefer, The first is for Hafad’s loyalty scheme which is encouraging local businesses to welcome disabled customers by offering small discounts. The second is for a fashion show which is happening in October.
These were for an article in Robb Report, an American luxury lifestyle magazine on Sean O’Flynn a talented bespoke shirt-maker and thoroughly decent man.
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