Lewisham quite a big area in the South of London, which I chose to use as a base for studying social contrasts within photographs and eventually within one photograph. The reason i chose this location was because it was obviously a less expansive setting then London City itself but still provided a large scope for exploration of particular social contrasts. As well as this, being quite familiar with the area, Lewisham possessed more relevance than other areas of London and I thought it could help provide ideas for future projects I might carry out in the area.
The social contrast I wished to look at was that of war and peace because in my opinion while Lewisham can have a very positive vibe in the past there have been instances of conflict. The first photograph I found to look at was: ‘World War II Air Raid, Lewisham High Street V1 Incident’ – (Lewishamwarmemorials.wikidot.com, n.d.) – found at: http://lewishamwarmemorials.wikidot.com/incident:lewisham-high-street-v1-incident (accessed on 22/1/2015). This depicted a 2nd world war scene in Lewisham. This was quite unnerving for me to see because I still recognised parts of Lewisham like the high street and in particular the clock tower (in the distance on the right) but then obviously there was the large-scale destruction as the consequence of a bombing to the left. So it was strangely familiar and yet disquietingly different and not just because this photograph was set in the past. However I felt it was a good example of showing an instance of conflict in Lewisham.
The second photograph I chose to show again conflict in Lewisham with was a more recent incident – the London riots of 2011. This image (Pacquette, 2011) – found at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/uknews/8690375/London-riots-Police-battle-to-enforce-order-on-the-streets-of-London-for-a-third-night.html?image=22 (accessed on 22/1/2015) demonstrated the impacts of the London riots in this case in the borough of Lewisham. I again recognised (with a bit more difficulty) the place where this incident in Lewisham had occurred and it was once more a bit disturbing to see something so destroyed in a familiar place, especially in such recent times.
In contrast to these two images I thought of the more positive vibe Lewisham possesses – this time in the form of Lewisham People’s Day which occurs every year. I found a typical photograph depicting celebration and unity by (Scott, 2014) at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sneakyeye/14450631569/in/photolist-o1Xgja-6DTgzv-6DXkhm-6DTcmk-6EjV7v-a8wyJ2-8ukLHg-oL2DPs-6DTTfG-8hDHgS-6EcYs9-okcSZM-6DXiGY-oia5Yx-o1XmSz-o1Xfee-acUMVr-6DTbeR-6DTgW2-6DXkvm-6DXpMS-8hCy2Q-8hE9y3-8hDGdJ-6DTfRX-oia8Ha-oippdm-6E97VH-8hE8Ks-okcLBg-8qCV8c-8ukM22-8iQcLU-6DTbuv-8hDE4U-6DXjpq-oifRu9-6DTYRf-8hAPSM-6DTQrQ-acXbx9-dDaha9-2xQKPf-6DT95P-8j1u94-6DT8Jz-9ZNtWV-o1XnSQ-o1Yevg-8hCBW1 (accessed on 22/1/2015). While there were plenty of peaceful people enjoying themselves in this photograph, there was still the distinct presence of security in the form of a police officer which I felt showed there was the need for measures to be taken in order to keep peace even at an event like this. This was an example of social contrast within one photograph as well as (mostly) contrasting with the first two photographs in terms of the level of peace.
Lewishamwarmemorials.wikidot.com. (n.d.). World War II Air Raid, Lewisham High Street V1 Incident – Lewisham War Memorials. [online] Available at: http://lewishamwarmemorials.wikidot.com/incident:lewisham-high-street-v1-incident [Accessed 22 Jan. 2015].
Pacquette, N. (2011). London riots: Police battle to enforce order on the streets of London for a third night. [online] Telegraph.co.uk. Available at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/uknews/8690375/London-riots-Police-battle-to-enforce-order-on-the-streets-of-London-for-a-third-night.html?image=22 [Accessed 22 Jan. 2015].
Scott, B. (2014). Lewisham People’s Day 2014. [online] Flickr. Available at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sneakyeye/14450631569/in/photolist-o1Xgja-6DTgzv-6DXkhm-6DTcmk-6EjV7v-a8wyJ2-8ukLHg-oL2DPs-6DTTfG-8hDHgS-6EcYs9-okcSZM-6DXiGY-oia5Yx-o1XmSz-o1Xfee-acUMVr-6DTbeR-6DTgW2-6DXkvm-6DXpMS-8hCy2Q-8hE9y3-8hDGdJ-6DTfRX-oia8Ha-oippdm-6E97VH-8hE8Ks-okcLBg-8qCV8c-8ukM22-8iQcLU-6DTbuv-8hDE4U-6DXjpq-oifRu9-6DTYRf-8hAPSM-6DTQrQ-acXbx9-dDaha9-2xQKPf-6DT95P-8j1u94-6DT8Jz-9ZNtWV-o1XnSQ-o1Yevg-8hCBW1 [Accessed 22 Jan. 2015].