Brockley: Then & Now, July 19th

Ox: Everything is different, but the same... things are more moderner than before... bigger, and yet smaller... it's computers... San Dimas High School football rules!!
- Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure

Shaun writes:

We found a remarkable photograph in the Brockley Society archives: a massive group portrait of the men, women and children who gathered on Hilly Fields, Brockley, in August 1918 after a procession commemorating the start of the First World War.

Inspired by this photograph we plan to take a new one, inviting anyone who lives in or feels any connection with Brockley. The community response has already been enthusiastic and we expect thousands to participate.

For this contemporary portrait of the people of Brockley we have commissioned the photographer and Graduate Affiliate, Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, Simon Terrill, widely recognised for his work on 'Crowd Theory' and other large-scale community gatherings. Recent art projects include Bow Cross in East London and Balfron Project in Poplar. http://www.simonterrill.com/

A limited edition of large photos will be available afterwards, as well as affordable prints for the public to buy as a record of the day.

Please see brockleysociety.org.uk/thenandnow/ for more info.

14 comments:

Monkeyboy said...

Im in!

terrencetrentderby said...

Once again BrocSoc have embraced the Orwellian dogma of 1984 via their enthused propaganda department, the quote “Who controls the past controls the future” has never had such resonance.
Soon we will be seeing doctored photos of Brockley Nick, cigar in mouth standing next to King George proclaiming victory in Europe. No doubt followed by his “confession” of deliberately contracting and spreading syphilis in the prole zones and ultimate exile in Bromley.

JPM said...

The 100 years photo is a bit premature. The 'start' of the First World War was 28 June 1914. It ended in November 1918.

David Porter said...

The photo was taken to celebrate the start of the war. That may seem strange, but there it is.

Robert said...

Actually, it was taken in 1918 whilst the war was still going on. It was part of a nationwide series of memorial services to remember those that had died. Deptford's contribution to this involved a walk from Deptford Town Hall to Hilly Fields where an outdoor service took place in the Park.

JPM said...

Exactly... so the '100 hundred years' on photo is three years premature.

Abdoujaparov said...

Whether it's exactly 100 years on or not isn't really the point. Sounds like a great idea to me. I'm in!

Robert said...

Yes. Let's not get too worked up over the accuracy of the timing - it's just a fun thing to do ;)

Pedant Overlord said...

Well if accuracy matters so much, and if it said that, it would be 9903 years premature.

terrencetrentderby said...

All you need to know son is all those kiddies died for your right to drink overpriced coffee.

JPM said...

97 Years ago.

Tim Arnold said...

Jesus - what a pitiful bunch of pedants and misanthropes. Someone is arranging a community photo. Come or don't.

JPM said...

Then the photo celebrated the coming of the end of war, not the beginning or during, the one in 2018.
I'll wait for the proper centenary peacenik shoot.

Admittedly I might just have to do a selfie. But if anyone else is interested....

Dannyboy said...

I love it, Brockley is changing and we are always saying how much more community aware we are, so support these events or don't complain as the area becomes more selfish as people stop doing things like this that are for everyone. It's free, it will be an hour or so and is something rooted in Brockley.

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