Where? – Tate Modern, Bankside, London
When? – May 2008
What’s the story? – If you’ve ever been to Tate Modern, you’d be forgiven for thinking that this photograph shows yet another strange modern art installation of the type that gallery seemingly has an endless supply of; maybe some sort of mysterious blue grid light sculpture on a jet black background, executed in a stark and simple industrial style, possibly symbolising something profoundly deep or weirdly philosophical or completely nonsensical (or all three), and probably worth a not so small fortune should its up-and-coming creator really become an art world superstar.
I would not have been at all surprised if you had guessed something along those lines. That would have been a good guess – but you’d have been wrong, because this photograph actually shows something just a little bit more ordinary and mundane than that.
But only just a little bit.
Where? – Paternoster Square, City of London. Next door to St Paul’s Cathedral.
When? – 8th September 2009
What’s the story? – Paternoster Square was the finishing point for an anti-arms trade demo, which had called on many of the City banks and investment companies who provide funds for weapons companies. The protest was one of a number of actions that took place during the biannual Defence Systems and Equipment International (DSEi) arms fair, held in Docklands at the beginning of September.