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Piccadilly Lights Encourages Empathy in the Fight to End Systemic Racism

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With the help of Ocean Outdoor, Misan Harriman’s powerful photography captures solidarity of #BlackLivesMatter

Piccadilly Lights Encourages Empathy in the Fight to End Systemic Racism
For the next two months, the iconic Piccadilly Lights in London features 'The Feelings of Injustice', a powerful photographic observation of diverse voices, faces and emotions united by pleas to end systemic racism.

Presented by the studio publisher What We Seee (WWS) in association with Landsec, 'The Feelings of Injustice' showcases powerful photographs captured by WWS founder Misan Harriman at recent Black Lives Matter marches in London, painting a picture of solidarity.

WWS helps people feel the feelings of others: opening minds, and eyes, ears and hearts - and with these photographs sets out to create an enlightening series that transforms how we think about diversity and equality. The impact, size, location and resolution of Piccadilly Lights is a perfect way to tell the various stories of how people feel during marches for Black Lives Matter and to mark what would have been moments to recognise Black Pride week. With striking and meaningful stories the aim is to encourage dialogue, create greater empathy and understanding.

The showcase opened this week with a ten minute compilation featuring more than 120 images of people on marches together with famous quotations and Black Lives Matter messages. They include Roger and his daughter Juno; graphic design artist Chris; dancer and actress Mette Towley; and England Under-21 hockey player Darcy Bourne who carries a sign asking: “Why is ending racism a debate?”

Derek Manns, commercial media manager at Landsec, said: “As the most high-profile, iconic and public media channel, Piccadilly Lights has become the ‘nation’s noticeboard’ supporting culture and community. As custodians of the Lights we’re pleased we can use them as a platform to drive conversation and positive change.”

Highlights from the photographic series will appear on the Piccadilly Lights throughout July and August. The Piccadilly Lights are operated by Ocean Outdoor.

- Inclusive photo credits to Ron Timehin, What We Seee

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Photographer: Ron Timehin, What We Seee

Ocean Outdoor, Tue, 07 Jul 2020 13:11:53 GMT