We are Gravesend

Gravesend Street Portraits by Nigel Rumsey

I had a great couple of hour shooting some street portraits in Gravesend last Sunday. I took the opportunity to hand out some of my 'We Are Gravesend' flyers, hopefully I contacted with some interested participants. If you've landed here after meeting me on Sunday please get in touch, I'd love you to take part in the project.

A portrait of a young couple, Steve & Adele, in Gravesend.

A portrait of Wendy on the street in Gravesend.

A portrait of a young woman, Isabel, in Gravesend.

Thanks to everyone who took the time to stop.

We Are Gravesend flyer by Nigel Rumsey

This week I've started trying to get my We Are Gravesend flyers in as many shop windows and on as many noticeboards around the town as possible. If you're here as the result of seeing one please head over to my project page to find out some more information.  If you'd like to take part please get in touch. The flyer for my We Are Gravesend photography project

 

We are Gravesend : Genevieve Jones from Sierra Leone by Nigel Rumsey

A portrait of Gravesend resident Genny JonesIt's such a great feeling to have finally started my personal project about my home town, Gravesend, Kent. Yesterday I had the privilege of shooting and interviewing Genevieve 'Genny' Jones, an inspirational woman and one of the real life-bloods of our community. If there's a community event in Gravesend it's likely somewhere behind it will be Genny Jones - The Confident Queen. Genny was born in Sierra Leone and is the first, but my intention is to photograph and interview at least one person from each of the nationalities in the borough. In 2011 that numbered 40, I have no idea how many there may be now but it will be interesting finding out.

If you live in Gravesend, were born outside the UK and are interested in taking part please get in touch. However I understand not everyone welcomes immigration, it has effected the lives of residents here as it has in many towns in the UK. As I write we are five days from a General Election and immigration has featured significantly in all of the debates. If you were born in Gravesend and have lived here all of your life you'll have seen your town change significantly in the last 20 years. I'd love to meet you and hear your views.

You can read more about the project here.