Martin Bradley

DAD Artists at Home

I am, first and foremost a landscape photographer. I started taking landscape photos as a 12 year old in 1971. By landscape l mean everything under the sky, including urban landscape and wildlife. I also do portraiture including pet portraiture and have photographed about a dozen weddings.

I started photographing demonstrations, rallies etc. about 1989 including a small march against the first Gulf War, in Santiago, Chile in January 1991, Women Against Pit Closures, Central London, September 1992, various protests against Criminal Justice Bills, Folkestone and London, in the mid 1990s and a huge antiwar march and rally in Central London in 2003.

In the past 12 months I have photographed an Extinction Rebellion rally, a commemoration of the 58 Chinese migrants found dead at Dover Eastern Docks on 18/6/2000 (on 20/6/20), a Black Lives Matter protest on 28/6/20 and a rally held in solidarity with refugees and migrants on 5/9/20, all four in Dover.

I have lived in Dover since 1985. Martin Bradley, 24/9/20

How lockdown has affected my life and photography. I have two friends who regularly visit my home. We always do social distancing. I visit the homes of two other friends and we always do social distancing. I do not need to socially distance from the cats or the ferret!

I have not been able to do portraiture photography in peoples’ homes, but have done some outdoors portraiture using a long lens.

As far as landscape photography is concerned, I avoid crowds. Even at the height of summer, social distancing was not a problem on Shakespeare Beach or in the Alkham Valley countryside, for example. Both of these locations lie within a few miles of where I live, so are walkable. I do not own a car. By using trains at quiet times of the day, I have been able to take photos at Folkestone, Canterbury,Whitstable, Deal and Walmer.

Martin has been supplying DAD with photos from his daily exercise walks during lockdown 2020 for inclusion on Twitter @CHALKUP21 #chalkup21 as part of the WHAT NEXT? project

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