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Here and Now: London Portraits by Niall McDiarmid

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Museum of London presents McDiarmid's Here & Now Exhibition
Currently running until 24 September Niall McDiarmid, a Scottish-born photographer, is showcasing his work at the Museum of London. Now based in London, his photography is primarily about documenting ordinary day people he meets on the street in and around London, as well as other areas he travels to in Britain.

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Naill McDiarmid Exhibition Now & There (Photo courtesy of Museum of London) website


Mostly we are a group of humans, whose natural instincts are to be curious about another's way of life, their cultures, where they reside, their interests, working environments and communication. It is not uncommon to hear being said that some people have smiles on their faces as they watch children laugh and play or that they were sitting at a café immersed in the activities of the people around them. We learn a lot about the characteristics of another, even if only subconsciously.

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Photo courtesy of Naill McDiarmid Website


Although living in London for twenty-five years, Niall's ability for capturing the story of the individual developed more in the last six years after a walk along the River Thames where he was looking for inspiration with his analogue camera. He started talking to passers-by explaining what he was doing, who he was and the enthusiasm he has for his photography. Initially, he took four or five photographs and shared these on his website and Facebook pages. This rolled into a portrait being shown online each week and then into an extensive collection of people from all walks of life. Firstly, he concentrated in and around London, but as motivation grew, he began travelling to the small towns near London and then further across Great Britain.


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Photo courtesy of Naill McDiarmid Website


Since 2011, Niall has photographed more than 1500 people and travelled to over 150 cities. The World today is changing at a far greater rate than when our grandparents lived and Niall's exhibition portrays a colourful insight into our now diverse society.

The exhibition is open daily from 10.00am to 6.00pm and entry is free.
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Why? A day out at the Museum
When: Now to 24 September 2017
Phone: 44 20 7001 9844
Where: 150 London Wall, London
Cost: Free
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