Saturday 13th January 2018
During the weekends of the 13th and the 20th of January, I ventured out into the winter cold with fellow photographers Rachel and Deano for an informal meetup and some of the first bits of shooting of the year around Birmingham.
On the first Saturday we encountered a peaceful demonstration by the 'UK Togolese Diaspora High Council For Democracy and Change' outside Birmingham Town Hall, calling for the resignation of President Faure Gnassingbe and demanding electoral reform.
The demonstration then proceeded down New street to the area outside the Bullring, where it continued.
Saturday 20th January 2018
Around 350 care workers, who are employed by Birmingham city council, braved the cold and snow to take part in a peaceful demonstration outside the Council House in Victoria square. We spent time listening to the speeches, as well as getting into the crowds to photograph the demonstration as it happened.
They are currently in dispute over redundancies and a new rota system which could see triple shifts introduced. Strike action was called after an industrial action ballot saw 99% of unison members voting for action.
The demonstration seemed to bring a lot of people together, despite the harsh winter conditions, to show solidarity in the face of the proposed changes.
I'll definitely be aiming to cover more demonstrations and protests in the upcoming year, getting in amongst people and capturing images to try to give the feel of being there.