Ben Graville »
(I love u anker)
The Deptford anchor has gone, taken from us today (April 2013)
there is some regeneration going on Deptford High Street,
which will replace the anchor with street furniture (which never happened),
a method of removing the anti-social behaviour of street drinkers
who had made the anchor their home,
out of sight out of mind, a classic stance councils and governments use
to avoid addressing their so called social problems.
here is a selection of photos of the anchor
from where I have lived, for the last ten years.
As the anchor crew used to write with stickers ‘i love u anker’ so I say ‘i love you anker’.
April 2013 and November 2016
Ben Graville has worked in photography for the last twenty-five years and has been published and exhibited internationally. Graville also specialised in criminal and civil law for Photonews (2001–2006), and The Independent (London, 2006–2009). He has exhibited at the The Royal Academy (2009, 2010), The Bluecoat gallery, Liverpool (2011), Arles Festival (2010, 2011), Photographie Sociale, Sarcelles, France (2006), and in other countries including Malaysia, Italy and Spain. He was published in The Big Issue (1994), The Sunday Times magazine (2003), Source (2005), Foto8 (2008), and Esquire (Russia, 2009). He also has work at the Neg/Pos gallery Nimes, France.