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Enrique Metinides

site B/Phoenix (in the distance)

There used to be a steep earth embankment along one side of site B (a large former castings factory) behind a wire mesh security fence, both gone now. The embankment had a huge number and variety of beautiful mature trees and various kinds of bushes. I used to take cover amongst them at the top and take several minutes from that vantage point to carefully study the site below. It wasn't easy to see if there were workers around and I never fancied bumping into anyone. (Once I only noticed them afterwards, in a photograph, in the distance.)  If the coast seemed clear I'd nervously scramble down the other side and wander around to take pictures for three or four hours each time (it's a big site), initially of the demolition and clearance and then the subsequent housing estate construction. The building company named the site, 'Phoenix'.

I don't go to site B/Phoenix much anymore but I was passing nearby today and took a few photos from outside. I've a poor memo…

Richard Ansett: Andrew Paul Gilligan, 2010

Ansett: "I had arranged to meet Gilligan outside an East London Mosque but he didn't show. I called him a few times and eventually he picked up and explained that he had the flu and wouldn't be able to make it. The client needed something to go to press with the next day so I asked him if I could pop over to his house and grab a quick headshot. When I arrived I was greeted with this chaotic mess of sugary drinks bottles, sweet wrappers, books and newspapers strewn over his lounge. This would never have been exposed if the shoot had been arranged with any notice. In the corner of the frame is a book titled 'The Country Formerly known as Great Britain' by Ian Jack. I was struck by how important he had been in the terrible story of Dr David Kelly and the final downfall of the then Labour government."

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