russell higgs

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P IS FOR .....

I was in Primark yesterday, specifically to get one of their plastic bags. I bought some socks, but the cash assistant was going to put them in a plain unmarked bag. So I specifically ask her for a bag with the Primark logo on. She says something like "Why? Do you like walking around displaying our name?" and so I reply with honesty, "I'm going to put it on my head later and take a photo." We both laugh

.... P O V E R T Y

someone on the web says "Primark scored 2.5 out of 20 on an ethical index."

another person says "I would tend to assume that Primark can afford to sell things so cheaply thanks to cheap labour in third world countries. I'd assume they pay the workers very little wages for a great amount of work"

someone else says "a large number of the british public might not be able to afford to be ethical, and therefore shops like Primark etc are the only shops they can afford to shop in. I'm not saying this is right, but it is the reality (or at least the perceived reality) for a lot of people"

and I have another immediate association with the word poverty

In this early part of the 21st century, during the gradual emergence of our first globally aware and interconnected culture, the word poverty makes me think of the poverty of ideas that millions of people around the world now associate with the world's over-hyped superpower, America, via it's idiot child, the so called War On Terror (or WOT). Most especially how desperately impoverished our consensus reality becomes, from knowing that the USA and its allies rely upon torture.

friday 03112006



P IS FOR .....

I was in Primark yesterday, specifically to get one of their plastic bags. I bought some socks, but the cash assistant was going to put them in a plain unmarked bag. So I specifically ask her for a bag with the Primark logo on. She says something like "Why? Do you like walking around displaying our name?" and so I reply with honesty, "I'm going to put it on my head later and take a photo." We both laugh

.... P O V E R T Y

someone on the web says "Primark scored 2.5 out of 20 on an ethical index."

another person says "I would tend to assume that Primark can afford to sell things so cheaply thanks to cheap labour in third world countries. I'd assume they pay the workers very little wages for a great amount of work"

someone else says "a large number of the british public might not be able to afford to be ethical, and therefore shops like Primark etc are the only shops they can afford to shop in. I'm not saying this is right, but it is the reality (or at least the perceived reality) for a lot of people"

and I have another immediate association with the word poverty

In this early part of the 21st century, during the gradual emergence of our first globally aware and interconnected culture, the word poverty makes me think of the poverty of ideas that millions of people around the world now associate with the world's over-hyped superpower, America, via it's idiot child, the so called War On Terror (or WOT). Most especially how desperately impoverished our consensus reality becomes, from knowing that the USA and its allies rely upon torture.

comments (9)

  • idleye
  • Australia
  • 3 Nov 2006, 05:09
mmmmm ..... idleye says

"Welcome to 1984"

Nice idea Russell. So deceptively simple but redolent with content.
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 3 Nov 2006, 05:37
Russell i had to google these guys as i was not familiar with them. I had heard of penneys before and they are owned by associated british foods which i believe owns most of the flour and large bread brands in australia. I love your image today.

With regards to your second comment russell. Tieing people to boards, blindfolding them and filling the mouths and lungs with water so they think they are drowning isn't torture, is it. i'm going to stop before i get all worked up.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 3 Nov 2006, 08:20
You have a special message, as special as you are. I am now starting to wonder what can be possibly behind all your other pics. Great one.
russell higgs: Thanks Louis.

Turns out that this is my 100th shutterchance self portrait.
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 3 Nov 2006, 11:46
Russell i'm sorry i missed it. Congratulations on reaching your 100th. only 265 to go and you'll have that calendar.
russell higgs: plus, just in time for the 100th, I'd re-drilled a couple of screws a little higher up, out of shot, which function to support the polka dot canvas. The dots are still living in my hall. I lift them down before each day's portrait.
  • Shanti
  • Switzerland
  • 3 Nov 2006, 14:02
yes, russell, congratulations and respect to you for your dedication to this project and reaching this 100th.

What's with the headphones? Listening to the voice of freedom in its death throes?
Gosh, man, this is good stuff. I KNOW you care about this stuff, it's quite evident in your use of language, the comments you make, etc.
Keep on doing what you're doing, Russ, it has a beating heart all of it's own this project.
  • Mal
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 3 Nov 2006, 17:10
For the first time Russell, I feel unable to comment on the image because I mearly wish to echo your comments whole heartedly!

Congrats on the century.

Mal
  • jamoula
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 3 Nov 2006, 19:57
well done for the century. every one important.
  • rabby
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 3 Nov 2006, 22:59
good statement there Russell, although...for me, there is little too much vanity in this one, maybe like lycra on big ass, maybe its the joy of reaching No 100?
russell higgs: its true that generally I have the ego of a classic super-villain. But what do you mean exactly when you say "vanity"? This entire project is self potraiture. Its ALL about me isn't it?

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