Mary

By mrswoolybill
From the artwork that surrounds the Clutha bar in Glasgow, scene of the catestrophic helicopter crash in 2013, a real local hero.
Mary Barbour was a Govan actvist, councillor, pacifist, health care and family planning campaigner and magistrate, who led the rent strike in 1915. This was a protest against a 25% hike in tenement rents that hit women particularly badly. Many of their menfolk were serving with the army, the women had to cope alone. The landlords' agents - the factors - were picking them off one by one, persuading them that everyone else had paid up, threatening public humiliation and eviction.
Mary led the women in mass protests at the factors' offices demanding refunds, and also physically preventing evictions.
Eventually the Government stepped in and ordered that rents be frozen at pre-war levels.
The artwork is peeling away from the plywood underneath, I like the effect. She's peering through layers of history.
Mary appeared in a colour set a few weeks ago, as a version, and people liked her. As I do.
Thanks for looking,
Moira

Tags: Street photography Photo journalism Glasgow Black and white Specialist and abstract Street art

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15 May 2019 7:48AM
excellent in mono and with a patch of plywood showing thru

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mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.5k 2058 United Kingdom
15 May 2019 7:49AM
That was quick work Leo, thank you!
15 May 2019 7:53AM
Love the story - a very strong woman. Beautifully photographed.
Alfie
15 May 2019 7:53AM
Really like this - excellent B&W - has a mysterious air about it GrinGrinGrinGrin
15 May 2019 7:53AM
A great piece of wall art well photographed
mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.5k 2058 United Kingdom
15 May 2019 8:02AM
And thanks to Neville and Andy!
The original artwork is almost mono, but once the plywood starts to peel it adds a much warmer tone as contrast. That worked for some of the subjects, but for Mary I wanted to keep the unity of all mono. I think that's what gives a sense of mystery.
Excellent work GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
15 May 2019 8:08AM
Brilliant art work and meaningful caption.

Lory
bliba Plus
13 2 Austria
15 May 2019 8:09AM
Outstanding
mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.5k 2058 United Kingdom
15 May 2019 8:14AM
Blimey, thanks to Lorenza and Ollie! This is quite an amazing start to the day.
15 May 2019 8:15AM
An excellent and thought provoking image and narrative, Moira.
I sometimes wonder how far we have moved on!

RichardSmile
15 May 2019 8:20AM
A late entry to the party...but irresistible...
mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.5k 2058 United Kingdom
15 May 2019 8:22AM
Thanks Somnath.
cats_123 Plus
15 4.9k 28 Northern Ireland
15 May 2019 8:46AM
Refusing to go away 😁😁
15 May 2019 9:00AM
VERY effective, Moira and made more so by your excellent reportage of her story.

JohnSmile
Owdman Plus
3 1 2 United Kingdom
15 May 2019 9:16AM
Great image and interesting background story.
Norm
15 May 2019 9:19AM
Dark deeds by rogue landlords back then and sadly still happening this very day.

Good find and I like the crop Moira, I mean I like the way you have cropped this. 😜

Dougie
mac Plus
17 1 Scotland
15 May 2019 10:50AM
This has great impact on first viewing. Mary was great Glaswegian as you recall in her history. This was the period of the razor gangs in the Gorbals a most deprived area of Glasgow. Now replaced with high rise flats.
Ian
15 May 2019 12:14PM
Exciting composition work Moira! I like it a lot, as most of your photos.

Arne Smile
Herge88 Plus
12 40 5 England
15 May 2019 12:22PM
More great work Moira.

Best Matt
TrevBatWCC Plus
10 13 12 England
15 May 2019 12:26PM
I like her too, Moira! A very interesting story and what a wonderful woman she was. Excellent presentation here 👍
Trev 😀
mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.5k 2058 United Kingdom
15 May 2019 12:43PM

Quote:Refusing to go away

I like that... Thanks again everyone, and thanks to Norm and Ian for the UAs.
15 May 2019 2:11PM
Yes the plywood damage only adds to the effect Moira , excellent work
Ian
saltireblue Plus
9 9.4k 35 Norway
15 May 2019 2:11PM
A steely and steady gaze from one who does not suffer fools and does not take 'no' for an answer.

This reminds me very much of an album cover from times past, but no matter how much I wrack my brain, I cannot remember which one...infuriating!
mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.5k 2058 United Kingdom
15 May 2019 2:13PM
Thanks guys and thanks Malc for the UA. (Still trying to get used to the new avatar... )
She ought to be an album cover, she was meant for it.
mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.5k 2058 United Kingdom
15 May 2019 2:23PM
PS

Quote:A steely and steady gaze from one who does not suffer fools and does not take 'no' for an answer.

I found this eye-witness account on line:

Quote:“In Govan, on one occasion, where a woman had been persuaded by the House Factor to pay the increase, having been told that the other tenants had paid, Mrs Barbour got the men from the shipyards in Govan to come out on to the street where the House Factor’s office was, and then went up with the women and demanded a return of the money. On the Factor being shown the thousands of black-faced workers crowding the street, he handed it over.”
15 May 2019 2:35PM
I was in a hurry this morning so only left a vote, and I see it's done rather well since, which isn't surprising... you chose your composition with consummate skill. Though I would expect no less.
mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.5k 2058 United Kingdom
15 May 2019 2:41PM
Thanks Alan, for the UA and the very kind compliment.
cats_123 Plus
15 4.9k 28 Northern Ireland
15 May 2019 2:57PM

Quote:A steely and steady gaze from one who does not suffer fools and does not take 'no' for an answer.

This reminds me very much of an album cover from times past, but no matter how much I wrack my brain, I cannot remember which one...infuriating!

Yoko Ono perhaps? A giggle search for'half face' brings up some interesting results 😁
franken Plus
16 4.9k 4 United Kingdom
15 May 2019 3:22PM
Interesting write up and image, Moira.Smile
dark_lord Plus
15 2.3k 578 England
15 May 2019 4:23PM
A good image and interesting write up.
mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.5k 2058 United Kingdom
15 May 2019 6:17PM
Thanks again and thanks Ken for the UA.
mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.5k 2058 United Kingdom
15 May 2019 9:51PM
And thank you Richard.
mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.5k 2058 United Kingdom
16 May 2019 7:37AM
And thanks to Alfie!
BobbyMS Plus
2 4 1
20 May 2019 5:24PM
Once again, your reportage was equal to your image. Both engrossing and DIFFERENT.

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