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Daily Mail’s Pornographic Mind Pollutes Cardiff By Night: Photos Of Life Being Lived

by | 22nd, September 2011


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CADIFF After Dark is a collection of photographs by Maciej Dakowicz. He’s a Polish photographer who lived in Cardiff for five years.

He says:

‘Welsh people are very friendly and open. The atmosphere is very cheerful and everyone is having a good time.”

His photographs are on show at the International Festival of Photojournalism Perpignan, France.

To the untrained eye the photos show a lively cityscape. There is warmth in the photographer’s eye and love of his subject matter. But to the Daily Mail’s Robert Hardman they “look like images you might find in some depressing police dossier“.

No, Robert, they look like images from a police ball on military land in Dorset. Just saying. (At least they are not photoshopped, eh, Robert.) Hardman tells us:

Tequila-fuelled young women strike crude poses that will (or should) mortify them in the sober light of day. More worryingly, one or two are unconscious on the pavement, dangerously vulnerable in their pathetic state.

Vulnerable to whom? Photogrpahers. The Mail’s leering eyes? One photograph is captioned:

Left out with the trash: A woman apparently incapable of standing lies defenceless on the streets of Cardiff

Nice. Women are “trash” because they go out and have fun? And how is she defenceless in brightly lit street with a high police presence? Are all Cardiff locals rapists looking for a victim? Hardman defames a city’s youth.

Maciej Dakowicz says of his collection (buy them here):

St Mary street is one of the main streets of central Cardiff, the capital city of Wales. It is one of the hubs of clubs and pubs in the city. Sooner or later most party goers end up on that street. The street is closed for cars on Saturday nights and becomes the main scene of the city night life, fuelled by alcohol and emotions. Everything takes place in public – from drinking, fighting, kissing to crying and sleeping. Supermen chat up Playboy Bunnies, somebody lies on the pavement taking a nap, the hungry ones finish their portions of chips and the policemen stop another fight. Nobody seems to worry about tomorrow, what matter is here and now. Then another week at work, until the next weekend.

What you don’t see – what you can see on Anorak – is that the Daily Mail has selected the saucier photographs to fit its agenda of the country going to hell in a handcart. Hardman even tells his readers:

One image —too disgusting to print here —shows one triumphal inebriate male advancing on a group of sozzled young woman exposing himself.

Many other images – not shown “here” – show men and woman having fun, talking to each other and embracing one another; men larking about with other men; a man with a rose hugging his male friend; a man chatting to the police; friends planking in the street; women posing for the cameras for a laugh.

The Mail has taken an artist’s work and passed it off as news to fit a story that exists only in its frenzied mind.

But the Daily Mail is not anti youth. Oh, no. It once praised those “study young Nazis” and gave cheer to young mums with the headline: “Abortion hope after ‘gay genes’ finding.

If you want to see the darker side of life in the UK, read the Daily Mail

Now please go to the top of this story and look at the photos of humanity out for a good time.


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