This series of photos is of a commercial fishing boat based in Dartmouth. All the fish are line caught by three guys with rod and line. This way of fishing is very sustainable as they are only catching hungary fish.
This honest way of fishing does take effort and skill, unlike other larger trawlers which take everything in their nets. The larger trawlers take their quota then throw the rest back, which by that time is normally made up of dead fish. With this sort of waste, its easy to begin to understand why the oceans of the world are being over fished.
Cycling in London in recent years has become one of the most popular modes of transport. There has been an 117% rise in cycle journeys since the year 2000. London is often congested with conventional transport, such as buses and cars, which makes getting around quite impossible at times. On a bicycle a commuter has more freedom, and is able to miss a lot of the usual traffic woes experienced by other commuters. Although cycling is much healthier and more ecologically sound, cyclists do have dangers that are not always so apparent. In 2011 sixteen cyclists were killed in London, with 80% of those involving heavy goods vehicles. But who is to blame for deaths such as these? Is it the cyclist or the drivers?
This project is an observation of cycling habits in London. Throughout the project it has been amazing to see that a great majority of cyclists are quite oblivious to the dangers they put themselves in. Left turning vehicles kill the majority of cycle commuters. Riding into blind spots of larger vehicles and not being seen unfortunately results in often-fatal incidents. A scheme set up by the metropolitan police cycle task force, ‘Exchanging Places’, is slowly educating cyclists on the dangers of heavy goods vehicles. The general opinion of the members of the task force is that the lack of experience and knowledge of road rules is chiefly to blame. Due to cyclist not having to pass a test to ride on the roads, knowledge of road rules is often lacking and frequently ignored. It is hoped that by educating people on dangers, the amount of fatalities on London roads will decrease.
The most predominate cycling campaign group in London is LCC (London Cycling Campaign). Their ethos is to make London a safer and healthier place to live by introducing more people to cycling. There main campaign at the moment is called ‘Go Dutch’. This campaign centers itself on showing the London mayor candidates that a large number of Londoners want to see safer cycling infrastructure in place. It would be good to see more cyclists on the roads, but if cyclists have no idea of the road rules and procedures, are more people putting themselves at risk? The infrastructure that the LCC would like to see is a greater number cycle only lanes and transformation of major junctions to make them safer for cyclists.
From observing the cycling habits in London, the experience within cyclists seems to vary dramatically. Some cyclists do have drivers’ licenses and obey most of the road rules. But there is a minority of cyclists who are unaware of the hazards while cycling. Wearing of headphones listening to music and talking on mobile phones seems to be one of the most regular dangers people put themselves in. By doing actions such as these while cycling the rider is increasing the chances of something happening as they have removed one or more of their senses, which can be useful when riding in a lot of traffic in London.
Most of the blame for cyclists’ deaths are put on lorry drivers. This is because most deaths do occur to cyclists when a lorry is involved. Some lorry drivers do drive irresponsibly, but to drive a lorry in London is not an easy task, and takes a lot of concentration. Keith, a lorry driver from Essex, drives a front axel tipper and loader lorry. These trucks are very common around London, and have claimed some cyclist’s lives. He completes jobs all around London and says the most dangerous times are rush hours. Keith finds that cyclists’ running up the inside of traffic is crazy. He believes road laws need to be consistent for all road users. At the moment, the laws seem to be different between the various modes of transport.
Cyclist numbers in London will continue to increase. Though this increase will most likely multiply the number of cycling related incidents in the capital. The disputes between motor vehicle drivers and cyclists will have to end if resolutions are to be drawn up to make cycling safer. Although some cyclists may not approve, harder enforcement on cyclists’ behavior should be put in place. London roads are dangerous for cyclists’; but from these observations the biggest dangers to cyclists are normally their own actions.
Traditionally the HIV virus has been associated with negative connotations due to the fact that the virus can lead to Aids that in most cases is fatal. The problem with the virus is most obvious in African countries such as Botswana, Swaziland and Lesotho where over twenty per cent of the population are infected. The costly treatment medicine is neither afforded nor available in the amounts needed. The spread of the disease is through certain body fluids such as blood and sexual fluids. Though the disease in children is mainly caused through breast-feeding as breast milk carries the virus. In sub Saharan African the virus is a real problem and needs to be invested into. In western society management of the virus is applicable. Most western governments pay for the medicines for the patients, and the virus is studied and managed in a very professional way.
Antonio Harris was diagnosed with HIV when he was seventeen in 2001. Initially when he found out he was shocked and worried how it would affect his future: “I walked around lost in my thoughts. I had a feeling for several months that I was infected but when the proof came it really sunk in,” he went on to say “my mother was very supportive and is still to this day.” This picture essay is setting out to show how a person with HIV can live a completely normal life, even an extra ordinary one. Antonio’s day-to-day life rotates around his studies at Circus space, his boyfriend Daniel who moved at the beginning of shooting and occasional clubbing in Vauxhall. He sees his doctor once are year for a check up and is sent his yearly dose of medicines in the post.
To know Antonio is not to know HIV. His outlook on life is very positive and he lives it to the fullest. In his circus training he pushes his body to the extremes of stamina, something that you wouldn’t think a person with such a virus could do. He is to aware of the effects HIV can have on peoples perceptions so does not tell everyone about his illness, but is also very careful when it comes to injures and intimate relationships. “Most of the time people are very curious when I tell them I am HIV positive,” he explains “People want to know more about how it happened and how I deal with it…though there have been a couple of people who didn’t want to know me cause of the illness.”
Recent Research in Australia by Dr Marc Pellegrini from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute has shown that an HIV like virus has been cured in mice. Dr Pellegrini believes that within 10-15 years we may very well see a cure for the HIV virus.