The Birdman And His Nigger .

The line where a cultures inmates meet , dissect and change the landscape is sometimes hard to fathom .

Having lived on and around the Grange Park estate  in Blackpool all my life I have inside knowledge and find it easy to gain access to and approach the people . So I have started a new documentary project which involves Capturing the lives of some of these interesting characters , to gain an understanding of how and in what ways  an estates micro culture meets and influences their lives .

The portrait below is a face that anyone who lives on grange park would probably be very familiar with .  You would see the aptly named bird man out on his daily excursions around the estate with a huge falcon perched on his hand which he calls ” nigger ” and introduces the bird as ” His Nigger ” . He has a deep passion and interest for these gorgeous creatures which shows in his knowledge of them . He was educated until he was seven when he was dismissed for hitting his teacher over an argument as to whether the craters on the moon were volcanos or meteorites , his teacher thought they were volcanos .

The bird man has the very similar qualities and looks of a marvel supervillian from the x-men ( Are mutants evolved or crazy ^^ ) . He has served time in the french foreign legion and is very strongly politically opinionated with views that some people would not agree with ! He was definitely very interesting to talk to , having sacrificed goats for isis and possessing the uncanny ability of  knowing whats going to happen before it actually does ( Precognition ) .

I don’t know wether its because they have been through the mill with their life experiences and its toughened them up but I find these people more down to earth and less concerned with themselves , as are some of the people of today . Grange park wouldn’t be what it is without these fantastic colourful characters and interesting people and there is a lot to be learned from them .

I love finding out about these charismatic and engaging people . I enjoy knowing how and why people are what they are , what has made them become the person they are today ? To understand what makes them tick . We all have different lives and life experiences and we all have to cope with the hand thats dealt or THROWN at us . Every experience you have nurtures you into what you are today . A person with authentic character will definitely have the most interesting story’s to tell . But the real value is from the knowledge gained via critical analysis of this individual along with their distinct background and  conceiving new ideas from the very core of this essence . A great insight of our cultures failings or successes can be deduced and hopefully rectified from having a thorough and deep anthropological knowledge of its time-served inhabitants .

 

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“ The Earths magnetosphere controls the cerebrospinal fluid in your brain “

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” This is my Nigger ! “

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