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Climate Change protester locked to railing at BP headquarters – Mike Russell, 2007

22 May 2008

2007 was the year that climate change hit the headlines, spurred on by the week long Camp for Climate Action on the edge of Heathrow airport.

Although the Sunday’s mass action to shut down BAA’s headquarters was the focus of press attention, the following day saw multiple activist protests across the UK, including this one outside BP’s offices in St James’ Square, London. Plane Stupid Scotland doused themselves in oil (actually, treacle), locked on to railings and set up an eerie wailing, causing unease and uncertainty to attending MPS officers.

Mike Russell started out as a press photographer, being the cub on a local weekly in the middle seventies. After too many Womens’ Institute assignments he left to be an assistant to a London still lifer and spent many years working in advertising.

Mike worked in parallel as a street photographer but it was the widespread adoption of the internet that brought him back into professional editorial, as exposure from publishing pictures online brought an increasing number of requests from print media to use his work. This led to editorial commissions, mainly from liberal media and the NGO sector.

Advertising is, surprisingly, a relatively honest business when it comes to fees and usage and he was alarmed to find editorial, despite lower rates, to be quite aggressive. He discovered and joined EPUK in 2006 and found being part of this online photo editorial community a positive and supportive experience “With plenty of sage advice available even to an old-timer such as me.”


Photographer since 1975, EPUK member since 2006.

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