Flowers Music & Food

Reading my twitter feed early yesterday I saw there was a community celebration being held at the Flag Market Square in Preston in response to the EDl protests so I quickly got ready and caught the bus to the city centre. Was surprised at how many police were on the streets but felt reassured that if there was any trouble there were plenty of police to deal with it.P1320477P1320524

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Lancashire mounted and foot police did an excellent job and kept the very few EDL members away from the crowds of shoppers and the peaceful pro islam festivities on the Flag Market Square ..corralling the EDL in to a small tightly packed group held back by barriers but the real motive for this demonstration did not go unnoticed with the EDL making a point of openly inciting hate, spitting abuse and racial slurs…. P1320708

Unity is Strength was the message on the other side of the barriers..P1320468

where the local community joined together in peace

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IMG_1148handing out flowers and food to shoppers, passers by and supporters alike, not an angry hateful word was spoken and it seems a good time was had by all

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and not even the bitterly cold rain could stop people smiling and the general reaction when it was all over was …Is That It?

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Dawn Mander, a Blackpool-based self taught photographer, exhibited worldwide,notably USA, Australia, Canada, Hamburg, Moscow Italy and U.K. and published internationally both in print and online. Dawn runs street photography walks in her hometown of Blackpool and gives talks at local colleges, schools and photography groups. In 2018 Dawn was nominated for the RPS Hundred Heroines campaign celebrating women in photography and in 2019 exhibited with over 80 female photographers in the RPS 'Representation on the Line:(Un)framing our Identities' held in Chelsea, Doncaster and Blackpool. For the latter she also executed the roles of organiser and co-curator. Dawn continues to work on her #DocumentingBlackpool & #PortraitofBlackpool series and is currently creating and co-curating exhibitions and community art projects at HIVE Blackpool. 2021 - Format Mass Isolation Project. The Peoples Picture at Quad in Derby https://thepeoplespicture.com/massisolationformat 2021 - Double Trouble Festival, Women in Street/ Unexposed Collective exhibition at Bondi Beach and Brisbane Australia. 2020/21 Large Scale Images printed and exhibited in the HIVEArts Blackpool Tramstop Takeover. 2020 - Rankin 2020 book contributor 2020 - Grundy Art Gallery Blackpool contributor fro #worktownghosttown online documentary series, exploring the effects of pandemic and Covid lockdown on Blackpool. 2019 - RPS Chelsea, Doncaster and Blackpool 2019 - Women in Street Double Trouble collective exhibition in San Fransisco USA. 2019 - Works shown at Millepiani collective exhibitions In Rome Italy. 2019 - Stills photographer for Farrena Films - The Other Side with Valerie Hope. 2019 - Promotional images shown at Grauman's Chinese Theatre Los Angeles, California USA 2019 - HotBed Press 20/20 print collective shown at Cube in Moscow. part of the Arrested ReDevelopment Collective Blackpool. 2019 - Publicity shots for Virgin Trains promoting travel to Blackpool. 2018 - exhibited and sold works at Manchester Art Fair. 2018 - Seaside Special Postcards from the Edge. Book Cover pub: BlueMoose Books 2018 - works exhibited at Hebden Bridge Art Fair 2015-2017. Local exhibitions in Blackpool: HIVE Blackpool, The Grundy Art Gallery, The Grand Theatre, It's A Gallery, Shaws, The Solaris Centre, The Galleon, Barista. Publications: 2020 - Rankin 2020 June 2015 - BLACK+WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY Magazine. July 2015 - BLACK+WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY Magazine. November 2016 - BLACK+WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY Magazine 2017 - The Guardian 2016 - The Guardian 2016 - Lancashire Life. 2015 - World Street Photography Book.

6 thoughts on “Flowers Music & Food

  1. This reminded me of when I went to town for lunch with a friend and debated jumping on the bus back home upon realising the EDL were out spreading their joy. In the end of course I decided I was too hungry and no one comes between food and I so my plans carried on as normal 😂 On a more serious note the last two photos are absolutely stunning!

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