"Travellers tend to keep problems to themselves and are too afraid or too shy to express their concerns or problems to the general public. Or maybe they get fed up once they make complaint like reporting racism or discrimination, nothing has been done. Most of the Travelling communities know me as the photographer since the Travelling communities spread the word about me like wildfire. Traveller community are like one big family because they are all related through 1st, 2nd, 3rd cousins etc. I know they wanted me to tell the wider audience about housing, discrimination and suicide problems. It’s very hard for them to talk about suicides because it affected the whole family, Suicides rate are 7 times higher than the settled population. I think having my pictures shared with the wider public can document their hardships and explain their culture to the settled community in Ireland and bring awareness of the existence of the Irish Travellers to a worldwide audience. I feel the Travellers are pleased with this exposure. Travellers are very proud people."
"I first visited Hong Kong and SE Asia 1974-1975, and lived in Tokyo 1976-1977 and 1979-1980. I wanted to visit that part of the world from a young age, I can’t really say why, other than it seemed very far away. But what pushed me over the edge and made me want to take photographs there was a picture in a Time-Life book, in series on photography published in 1972, which showed Hong Kong harbour on a grey afternoon with the neon signs atop low-rise buildings on the waterfront. I mention this photograph, and reproduced it, in my book "HK:PM. Hong Kong Night Life 1974-1989”. It was as if the exotic was made ordinary and the ordinary made exotic."
Filmed across three afternoons during the mini heatwave at the end of May. The most important thing was to get the camera rolling as soon as possible once they’d agreed to be involved, (usually within a couple of minutes) so that the immediacy of their story could play out on camera.
Mexican Cockfighters see their game birds as extensions of themselves. For them, the birds aren’t just sport animals but incarnations of their masculinity and pride.
The Bike Life movement is amazing for kids to get into. It’s an outlet for them to do something outside and keeps them out of trouble.
Watching Louis Burdett playing jazz drum makes me feel like I've been missing out on the genre. The Australian musician talks about taking inspiration from black music of the 1960's and 70's , and the Australian bush
"She's such a strong personality, and she's so clear about who she is and what she believes in. We found someone who was this very intelligent, confident, also very sensitive and sweet girl and we gave her the platform just to speak her mind. That was my main goal in the film, just to facilitate her, and tell her story in the best way that I could without projecting any of my own thoughts, or anyone else's. It was just something for her."
In Hoxton Street there is a traditional East London community divided by Brexit, gentrification, and rapid change
World Press Photo Award winner Zed Nelson talks to us about Brexit and a divided community in East London, ahead of the release of his debut feature film, The Street.
Naka san came to work in Kyoto’s Tambaguchi Market as soon as he left school, and spent he next 40 years climbing the ranks to become Kyoto’s most successful and well respected auctioneer. Now retired from that role Naka san works a less stressful job in the market offices, but remains a big personality on the market floor.
Nelson describes himself as a documentarian looking for simple stories, but who in doing so has been drawn into increasingly complex, disturbing worlds. The wide ranging interviews are never more fascinating than when he describes the subtle arts of documentary photography: how to overcome the deep suspicion American gun owners have of liberal/left wing media types, and get them to sit for a portrait. How overhearing hipster conversations in Hackney coffee shops inspired a best-selling book of portraits. How he turned an arduous schedule of mainstream magazine commissions into a ground-breaking book on the global beauty industry.
Gary grew up with little education in a time of severe austerity, and spent his childhood stealing food an coal to stay warm and fed. Over the years this escalated into a life of crime, and was given two prison sentences for violent crimes against the person.
In a lesser known Kyoto, a modern Japan mixes with a more traditional way of life. Kyoto Stories are a currently-in-production trilogy of unexpected tales of modern life in the ancient capital of Japan.
Glen had a difficult start in life. Growing up with very few positive role models, he fell in with a bad crowd and quickly turned to a life of drugs and crime. Inevitably, Glen spent the first few adult years of his life in prison.
Paul grew up with a reputation as a fighter more outside of the ring than in, and worked an honest job as a supermarket security guard. Paul's intentions were always good, but it wasn't until he found the Unity Gym and became a boxing coach that he really started having an impact on peoples lives.
London Edinburgh London is the greatest amateur endurance race in the world, held once every four years
In the summer of 2013 MadeGood.films followed six cyclists on a remarkable feat of endurance, from the heart of London all the way along the length of Britain to Edinburgh, and back again in under five days.
Narrated by comedian Stewart Lee, The Art of Repair celebrates the everyday heroes of the sometimes forgotten East End trades person.
Mike Burrows is considered by many to be the doyen of British bike designers. His nonconformist approach has brought a number of innovations which have redefined standards in cycle design.
The London Bike Kitchen is based on an American concept that teaches it's customers to fix their own bikes.
More than just another bike shop, the London Bike Kitchen is a school for every cyclist.
MadeGood.bikes is the most comprehensive resource of bicycle maintenance repair video tutorials on the web. Each bike repair video is accompanied by clear and concise, step by step written instructions and large images. If your a novice or an expert looking to fix your bike, you're guaranteed to find assistance at MadeGood.bikes.