Govanhill, GovanHell

‘GovanHell’, portrait of a community. Demonstrations and local community action/protest to save the Calder Street swimming pool, Govanhill, Glasgow, Scotland. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2012, all rights reserved.

 

Playing bingo to raise money to help fund demonstrations and actions to save the Calder Street swimming pool, Govanhill, Glasgow, Scotland. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2012, all rights reserved.

 

“Driving down Victoria Road I would see the graffiti on the wall, GOVANHELL. I drove past it a few times before finally one day stopping, getting out and photographing it. And so began my wanderings and hanging out in Govanhill area of Glasgow’s South Side. Over a period of time I photographed within the community, portraits of locals such as Davy with his snake, I’d attend and photograph the numerous protests to save the Calder Street swimming pools, and I entered the pool with protesters when it was closed up by the city council. I’d look for flyers on walls and lamposts and attend anti-Israeli demonstrations, and marches by Scottish Palestinian groups. The area always had a certain tension about it, immigrants mixed shoulders with people who’d been there so long they’d forgotten that they were once immigrants, and they mixed shoulders with Glaswegians. It was a few streets of energy and bustle, you never quite knew what woud be found. It’s time to go back again, to take another look. As I drive through there now, the faces and ethnic mix has changed, but that same tense energy hangs in the air.”

Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert

 

Demonstrations and local community action/protest to save the Calder Street swimming pool, Govanhill, Glasgow, Scotland. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2012, all rights reserved.

 

Govanhill, Glasgow, Scotland. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2012, all rights reserved.

 

Govanhill, Glasgow, Scotland. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2012, all rights reserved.

 

Govanhill, Glasgow, Scotland. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2012, all rights reserved.

 

Govanhill, Glasgow, Scotland. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2012, all rights reserved.

 

‘Property of Islam’, Govanhill, Glasgow, Scotland. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2012, all rights reserved.

 

‘GovanHell’, portrait of a community. Demonstrations and local community action/protest to save the Calder Street swimming pool, Govanhill, Glasgow, Scotland ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2012, all rights reserved.

 

Demonstrators illegally enter the Calder Street swimming pool which had been closed by the council, against the desires or wishes of the local community who then protested, Govanhill, Glasgow, Scotland. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2012, All rights reserved.

 

Demonstrators illegally enter the Calder Street swimming pool which had been closed by the council, against the desires or wishes of the local community who then protested, Govanhill, Glasgow, Scotland. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2012, All rights reserved.

 

Govanhill, Glasgow, Scotland. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2012, All rights reserved.

 

 

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