Category: Transport

  • Ocean Rebellion 2022

    Ocean Rebellion 2022

    Ocean Rebellion is an international art collective who tackle Ocean degradation and biodiversity loss by conceiving playful, emotive and spectacular art interventions.The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) is a UN body, with headquarters on the Albert Embankment in central London. Early on the freezing cold morning of 12th Dec. 2022, delegates to their first physical conference […]

  • Stop

    Stop

    From 21st December 2020 to 29th March 2021, London came under Tier 4 ‘Stay at Home’ Covid restrictions. We were only allowed out for work or exercise. Non-essential shops and social spaces closed, although ‘one person [was] permitted to meet with one other person in an outside public space’. Our horizons narrowed, and time felt […]

  • Burners

    Burners

    So why is it that so many carbon footprint calculators claim to be able to offset my 6.9 ton return flight, by persuading Atoc to further reduce her already minuscule footprint? And charge me a pittance to do so. Apart from this being bizarre and arrogant, something doesn’t add up here. Mike Berners Lee agrees:”Offsetting’ […]

  • “To know hunger, work illegally, and be anonymous.” (Attributed to V I Lenin)

    “To know hunger, work illegally, and be anonymous.” (Attributed to V I Lenin)

    With thanks to all the photographers of the Displaces project On previous ‘participatory photography’ projects, we’d give people good compact cameras, and some practical and conceptual training. Then they’d return to their families, communities or neighbourhoods, and take pictures. The results could be revelatory; expressive as well as documentary, giving insights into lives and identities which […]

  • Home Lives of the Donkey People

    Home Lives of the Donkey People

    Donkey owners – problem or solution? Itinerant donkey owners working in Gujarat’s brick kilns spend 24 hours a day with their donkeys. They live, work, play and abide together. The donkeys’ welfare is entirely in the people’s hands. So who are they, and how do they live alongside their animals? I hope these photographs from […]

  • Animal traction

    Animal traction

    In the UK animal traction and haulage are things of the past – relegated to the heritage industry. In India draft animals play a key role in the modern economy. Aside from their use in agriculture, donkeys and mules are essential to the construction industry. The livelihoods of many thousands of marginalised families are reliant […]

  • Brick Story

    Brick Story

    India is experiencing a building boom to cope with its rapid urbanisation. Thousands of concrete-frame high rise blocks, with brick infill, can be seen rising up arund Delhi and Mumbai. Almost every one of the millions of bricks involved has been transported by donkey or mule at the brick kilns where they are made. So […]

  • Modern India is built on the backs of donkeys

    Modern India is built on the backs of donkeys

    Gurgaon, a city outside Delhi, India, is undergoing a boom in construction fuelled by the new Metro link and Delhi’s need for young professionals. Almost every brick in the country has been carried by donkeys during its manufacture. In Gurgaon they also work in lieu of cranes. Unlike cranes the donkeys can deliver bricks and mortar […]

  • Bedrooms

    Bedrooms

    This is a male horse with his owner Rohtas. They work in a brick kiln. They both live in a house with plastered and painted walls and electric light. This is a mule with his owner Vedpas. They also work at the brick kiln. The mule also has a nice bedroom, though not quite as […]

  • A simple story about donkeys and people

    A simple story about donkeys and people

    With thanks to Mwende, Beth, Lydia, Jadida & The Donkey Sanctuary Aid policy and interventions can raise very complex issues but in drought ridden Mwingi in NE Kenya the role of donkeys is really very simple. Without donkeys, people and their livestock cannot survive. Donkeys form the vital final link in the distribution of water, […]

  • Donkeys in Ethiopia

    Donkeys in Ethiopia

    ‘A woman without a donkey – is a donkey’  Ethiopian saying There are 6.2 million working donkeys in Ethiopia. When they are fit and healthy they carry water to villages and goods to market. In both rural and urban areas they form the backbone of the local transport and haulage system and provide an income for […]