by Mary Beth Sutter August 9, 2017, In Events, Street Photography

Open Britain, Open Minds, London Soul & London Pride

There are many things I can’t get my head around: why anyone would read the Daily Mail, voluntarily eat a pastie, listen to Magic FM, go on holiday to the Costa del Sol.  But I can understand why some might be unhappy with some aspects of the administrative, fiscal and monetary policies of of the European Commisssion.  But to chuck our influence, trade and investment relationships and the freedom to work and take minibreaks in the most glorious cultural cities in the world is absurd. Worse than that is it’s so utterly short-termist and paraphrasing Trump, a doomed attempt to make Britain great again.  I’m an immigrant to the UK, have lived here almost all my adult life and feel like I was always destined to be a Londoner.  When I lived in LA, it seemed like such a more segregated and unequal place.  London increasingly has that sort of thing too, but I think we’re all pretty proud of our city in its diversity and that — compared to most other cosmopolitan conurbations — we tend to get on pretty well with one another.

It’s for all these reasons that I’m a supporter of the Open Britain campaign, the objective of which is to fight against a hard, destructive Brexit.  In July, the leader of the organisation, David Gwyther, asked if I’d photograph some of the campaigners obtaining signatures at London Pride in Soho.  Talk about a combination of politics, my work and passion coming together in one afternoon.  I had an extraordinary time and hope you enjoy the following slideshow and photos of the event.

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