Fundraiser Marking the 9th Anniversary of My Photo-Journalism Project ‘The State of London’

11.5.21

The most recent photos posted in Andy Worthington’s ongoing photo-journalism project ‘The State of London.’

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Dear friends and supporters of ‘The State of London’,

Today marks the ninth anniversary of when I first set out consciously on my bike, armed with a small Canon compact camera, to take photos on a daily basis of the changing face of London throughout the 241 square miles of the capital’s 120 postcodes, and the fourth anniversary of when I began posting a photo a day on ‘The State of London’ Facebook page, where I also post an essay to accompany each photo. I also post the daily photos on Twitter.

I’ve now posted 1,431 photos on Facebook, where I now have nearly 4,500 followers, as well as the many other people who keep up with the project on my personal Facebook page, and, as the project has evolved, so too have my abilities as a photographer, especially over the last two years and three months since I upgraded to my current camera, the wonderful Canon PowerShot G7X Mk. II.

Sadly, I’m currently unable to celebrate this particular milestone on my bike, as I have strained a muscle in my right leg and am encouraging myself to remain largely immobile until it has healed, but in general I’ve been out and about most days over the last nine years, and since I began posting daily photos on Facebook, the demands of the project mean that, in addition to the time spent cycling, I also spend one or two hours researching the photo of the day and writing the text to accompany it, posting the photos and responding to comments.

Today, however, to mark this particular anniversary, I’d like to ask you, if you are able, to make a donation to support ‘The State of London’, as I have no financial backing whatsoever, and I rely on you to keep me going.

Obviously, as I stated when I first posted a fundraiser three months ago, this is my choice — and I’ve always been aware that ‘The State of London’ is, perhaps, above all, a labour of love — but if you can make a donation to support ‘The State of London’, I will be very grateful. If I could get £1,000 for the three months to come it would take it from the realms of an absurd hobby into something resembling a valid enterprise in a capitalist society.

If you can make a donation to support ‘The State of London’, please click on the “Donate” button above to make a payment via PayPal. Any amount will be gratefully received — whether it’s £5, £10, £20 or more!

You can also make a recurring payment on a monthly basis by ticking the box marked, “Make this a monthly donation,” and filling in the amount you wish to donate every month. If you are able to do so, a regular, monthly donation would be very much appreciated.

The donation page is set to dollars, because my PayPal page also covers donations to support my ongoing work to secure the closure of US prison at Guantánamo Bay, and many of those supporters are based in the US, but PayPal will convert any amount you wish to pay from any other currency — and you don’t have to have a PayPal account to make a donation.

Readers can pay via PayPal from anywhere in the world, but if you’re in the UK and want to help without using PayPal, you can send a cheque, or cash (to 164A Tressillian Road, London SE4 1XY), or you can make a donation directly into my bank account. Please contact me if this option is of interest.

My thanks to everyone who takes an interest in ‘The State of London’, which, as well as becoming more technically accomplished over the last few years, has also, as noted above, involved me taking more time to provide detailed essays to accompany the photos.

Increasingly, the layers of the city’s history — particularly in the West End and the City — have come to fascinate me, adding to my long-standing, and mostly appalled fascination with the current transformation of the city through large-scale housing and ‘mixed use’ developments. As I have studied these developments — from the Heygate and Aylesbury Estates in Southwark to Woodberry Down in Hackney, and from Nine Elms to Kings Cross, Stratford and the Greenwich peninsula, to name just a few focal points — I have come to realise the extent to which the cynical demolitions of council estates and the GLA-backed establishment of ‘Opportunity Areas’ on former industrial land have enabled predatory developers to remake the capital to the exclusion of most of its residents.

I have also spent nine years happily responding to the seasons, the changing weather, and many of the capital’s great elemental features — its parks, the River Thames and its tributaries, and its canals — as well as chronicling various resistance movements — in recent years, in particular, the Extinction Rebellion protests, the Black Lives Matter movement and the current ‘Kill the Bill’ protests — and in the last year, of course, the arrival of Covid-19 provided me with an opportunity to chronicle a city that has often resembled some sort of post-apocalyptic scenario, in which tourism has largely collapsed, the world of office work and hectic overcrowded commuter journeys has largely evaporated, and the retail and entertainment sectors have been pushed to breaking point.

As “normal life” begins to return — with, hopefully, no more grim surprises ahead — I also hope that the cleaner, quieter capital of the Covid lockdowns — with the environmental lessons it provided via substantially reduced air pollution and emissions, and its break from the deranged hecticness of much of life before the virus hit — won’t be entirely forgotten, but whatever comes I’ll continue to be out on my bike chronicling it (once I’ve recovered from my injury), and I hope that you’ll continue to share the journey with me.

With thanks, as ever, for your support.

Andy Worthington
London
May 11, 2021

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Andy Worthington is a freelance investigative journalist, activist, author, photographer (of an ongoing photo-journalism project, ‘The State of London’), film-maker and singer-songwriter (the lead singer and main songwriter for the London-based band The Four Fathers, whose music is available via Bandcamp). He is the co-founder of the Close Guantánamo campaign (and see the latest photo campaign here) and the successful We Stand With Shaker campaign of 2014-15, and the author of The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison and of two other books: Stonehenge: Celebration and Subversion and The Battle of the Beanfield. He is also the co-director (with Polly Nash) of the documentary film, “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo” (available on DVD here, or here for the US, or you can watch it online here, via the production company Spectacle, for £2.55).

In 2017, Andy became very involved in housing issues. He is the narrator of the documentary film, ‘Concrete Soldiers UK’, about the destruction of council estates, and the inspiring resistance of residents, he wrote a song ‘Grenfell’, in the aftermath of the entirely preventable fire in June 2017 that killed over 70 people, and he also set up ‘No Social Cleansing in Lewisham’ as a focal point for resistance to estate destruction and the loss of community space in his home borough in south east London. For two months, from August to October 2018, he was part of the occupation of the Old Tidemill Wildlife Garden in Deptford, to prevent its destruction — and that of 16 structurally sound council flats next door — by Lewisham Council and Peabody. Although the garden was violently evicted by bailiffs on October 29, 2018, and the trees were cut down on February 27, 2019, the resistance continues.

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Please also consider joining the Close Guantánamo campaign, and, if you appreciate Andy’s work, feel free to make a donation.

One Response

  1. Andy Worthington says...

    When I posted this on Facebook, I wrote:

    Today I’m launching a fundraiser for my photo-journalism project ‘The State of London’, marking the ninth anniversary of when I first began photographing London’s 120 postcodes by bike on a daily basis, and the fourth anniversary of when I began posting a photo a day here on Facebook.

    I have now posted 1,431 photos and accompanying essays, and I’m delighted to have nearly 4,500 followers, as well as the many other people who keep up with the project on my personal Facebook page.

    ‘The State of London’ is a reader-funded project for which I have no institutional backing whatsoever, so any donations you can make will be very gratefully received, to enable me, over the next three months, to keep photographing the changing face of London, as we emerge from the latest Covid lockdown to a radically changed city, in which jobs and businesses have suffered, but the predatory forces of capital continue to knock down estates and to build new office blocks, over-priced housing and ‘mixed use’ developments as though nothing has changed.

    Thanks for your interest and support!

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