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Britain Rising

David Sladek | United Kingdom

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Five years ago, if somebody in England planned to take part in a demonstration one would consider them a unique character. Somehow, what was happening in France on almost weekly basis seemed not cool and British. Despite the great tradition of protest in the UK Brits didn't bother to raise their voices in public. And I am not talking about riots, but sensible demonstrations for a good cause.

This all changed recently. In the past two years, streets of London have periodically become a setting to thousand-head-marches - be it Brexit, NHS, Trump or Science related. And there is something specific about the way Brits demonstrate. Despite the important messages that the marches are meant to conwey, violence and aggression are well controlled and police take good care that protesters have a clear way through the city. Almost as a family event, children walk hand in hand with their parents holding banners of their own and repeating chants. Tourists watch and take selfies with the crowd. New generation of political activists is rising. Britain is rising.

David Sladek is a Czech independent photographer and journalist living in London. For several years he worked for the Czech News Agency as a reporter. Since moving to the UK he has been focusing his work on minorities and subcultures of England.

One of his latest projects is focusing on the British culture of protest/demonstration/rally. Looking at the masses as at multiple universes of individual people and specifically children, Sladek is able to depict moments seemingly unrelated to the subject, yet happening on a background full of banners and slogans.

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