Wandering and Wondering

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Capitalism vs Socialism

On Friday my plan was to have a wander around Canary Wharf and get some photos for the street photography project that I've been working on. On my way to the tube station, however, I chanced across a demonstration in the street by striking postal workers:

Police watch over the demonstration

Strike leader

Striking postal workers

Postal Workers

Socialist newspaper salesman

After the demonstration was over, I caught the train to Canary Wharf. Canary Wharf is a relatively new area of London which has been massively transformed over the last 20 years from one of the busiest docks in the world to a modern financial centre with skyscapers housing major offices of many of the world's banks. As soon as I stepped off the train, the blue collar workers at the strike were replaced by white collar office workers walking about in suits on their lunch break:

Time is money in Canary Wharf

Lunch in Cabot Square

Full speed ahead for consumerism

Canary Wharf sky-scaper

Overall, the symbol of captitalism which Canary Wharf represents made an interesting contrast against the symbol of socialism as represented by the striking postal workers.

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