An Open Statement Following the Horrific Terrorist Attacks Down London Bridge & Borough Market. / Tuesday 6th June 2017

It’s disgraceful to see that terrorism still exists in this world.

Almost three weeks ago, the terrorist attack at the Manchester Arena that killed 22 people following Ariana Grande‘s Dangerous Woman Tour, with a 23rd victim also confirmed dead shortly after the concert as a result of committing suicide, with the 23rd victim being a survivor of the 7 / 7 terrorist attack proved that there was a lack of policing and security considering bags weren’t checked before the concert and for London Bridge and Borough Market to be the subjects of these horrific terrorist attacks that took place late Saturday night, early Sunday morning just proves we need more policing on the streets of London.

To those who agreed to the police numbers being cut, you’re a disgrace! We need more police on the streets of London and across the United Kingdom, as this country has already suffered more than enough of what it has had to handle.

Please forgive me if I at any stage come across racist, but a lot of people have said that the foreign aid budget should be cut and used to pay for resources for our country, and I personally agree because our country gives out a lot of the money we spend to other countries when we clearly need it the most as our country is the most vulnerable.

The reasons why I believe the foreign aid budget should be cut and used on the United Kingdom instead is:

  • Because we need up-to-date modern technology, such as computers and pioneering equipment to keep the National Health Service (NHS) and its computers up-to-date, free from ransomware and other viruses that can put patient data at risk of being lost
  • Because we need that money to increase the police numbers and to maximise, tighten and secure the streets of London and the United Kingdom
  • Because we need to make sure that our country is free from terrorism, extremism and terror organisations who are willing to radicalise and brainwash those around them to kill.

I know a lot of people will be quick to judge those who are religious who haven’t done anything wrong but these problems must be solved.

I’m not against religion at all and respect everyone and I would never pass judgment on anyone and their religion, I’m just merely stating that some people will judge others for all the wrong reasons. Again, I would never pass judgment.

If all of you did by any chance find this offensive or racist, then I sincerely apologise. Offence is not the intention at all and racism is not the intention at all, but honesty is the best policy. I would rather all of you know how I really feel about these horrific terrorist attacks than not at all.

My heart, thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to all those who were affected by the disgraceful terrorist attacks down London Bridge & Borough Market.

Terrorism is the route to all evil, but we can all put a stop to terrorism by increasing the police numbers and regardless of the cost for policing, sod the cost, we need more policing on the streets and I hope the government listens and increases the police numbers and I also hope that the threat level is raised to critical and stays at ‘CRITICAL’ because terrorism has got to stop!

Let’s end terrorism by coming together and let’s end terrorism by getting our voices heard and hope that our government listen to us, the public, by increasing the police numbers.

Let’s stand united and end terrorism!

Let’s stick two fingers up to terrorism, extremism and radicalisation and make those who go against our values, including the religious values know that we shall never be afraid. This country deserves equality and diversity, but this country will not bow down to violence, will not spread hatred towards others, and will certainly never be inequal to those of sexuality, religion, background, skin colour, culture and origin.

Alex Smithson

Monthly Roundup: January 2016

Well I’ve been quite a busy bee since we all welcomed in 2016 on New Year’s Day, but in the first few weeks of 2016, we have lost some notable icons of the film and music industry. On the 10th January 2016, David Bowie sadly passed away at the age of 69 from liver cancer, just two days after releasing his final album, Blackstar, and just four days after his passing, the Harry Potter actor, Alan Rickman also passed away after a battle with pancreatic cancer. I’ve also just heard the news as of lunchtime that Sir Terry Wogan has sadly passed away today after a short battle with cancer. I must admit, I’m really shocked to hear of his passing, because I didn’t know he had cancer until his death was announced earlier today.

Please accept my sincere apologies if I wasn’t able to publish two tribute articles on both of them this month, it’s mainly been because of the fact I’ve been so busy with the current project that I’ve been on that I’ve had trouble with finding the time to do both of the tribute articles. Please don’t worry too much though, because they are currently being made and are in progress, and hopefully, fingers crossed, I can get them published over the course of February or March, depending on the workload I receive from college. I can promise you that I won’t be leaving them to chance, so I will be making sure to work on them as soon as I get a large amount of time on my hands. I can also promise you that I will be, in light of Sir Terry Wogan’s sudden passing earlier today, writing a tribute article on him to pay my full respects and condolences to him and his family at such a sad time.

To round off what has been a really good, but sad start to 2016, I will be taking a full look-back on the articles published over the course of this month.

1.1.2016 – To kick 2016 off with a bang, I welcomed you all back to Mother Nature for the New Year, and with a redesigned appearance, I mentioned that Mother Nature had changed its colours to: “accommodate for a maturer appearance, given that Mother Nature has now evolved into more of a presentable appearance.” I also mentioned that I would be doing some housekeeping, as I would be taking down some articles and some pictures to free up the website space for Mother Nature.

I had also mentioned that this news had come as I wanted to get back to my roots fully of doing more photography articles. However, all wouldn’t be lost though, because any articles I would be taking down would have their spaces filled with some new articles, as I wanted Mother Nature to focus more on photography, but also on certain interests, as I don’t want to talk too much about one thing, knowing full well that the whole idea of this website is to be a photography site.

3.1.2016 – To kick 2016 off with a bang in terms of photography, I did the first Historical Photographer article for 2016 on Walker Evans, who is the second in the Historical Photographers series that I introduced back in December 2015. In this Historical Photographer article, I would talk about Walker Evans’ life, as well as the timeline of events that unfolded up until his death on the 10th April 1975.

Also on this day, I published an article based on my thoughts about maturity and communication in modern society, as I felt that in modern society, maturity was something that shouldn’t really go amiss, especially in our generation and in this day and age, but when it came to maturity in modern society, among many other areas of life, our generation unfortunately lack almost all of maturity.

6.1.2016 – As I wanted to make sure to keep to my promise of being more productive and by also promising to publish more articles on a frequent basis, I started by doing a topic that would focus on whether the media was responsible for promoting eating disorders and negative body image problems in young people. I did also mention that I would tread very carefully when it came to writing this article, as I knew something like this would be sensitive.

8.1.2016 – As I wanted to refer to studying in general, I decided to talk about study time, and whether a large workload from school, college or even university stressed you out. I mentioned that: “Although I believe study time is crucial, I have known on some, if not, a lot of occasions, that it can be stressful, especially when you’re in school, college or university. Over the course of last year, I did notice how stressful the workload was, because I would get on a number of occasions, a lot of work piled on top of me, which, when deadlines were around the corner, I would sometimes panic about any work that may have not been completed, and in a lot of cases, I would often get stressed out.”

15.1.2016 – As violent video games are overruling modern society and my generation nowadays, given that violence is one of the most controversial subjects to talk about, I thought it was good to create a topic of discussion based on whether you thought violent video games should be banned. In this article, I had made sure to give my reasons for why I felt they should be banned, and how banning violent video games could help to prevent the younger generations of today from being brainwashed into committing violence against those around them. I did keep in mind though that a topic like this one is often touchy, and that I would tread very carefully whilst talking about it.

18.1.2016 – As this is something that is close to my heart, which also often bothers me, vanity has been something that I’ve noticed in the real world. In this article, I wrote about how I’ve heard about all these celebrities who have either had work done or had something enhanced to boost their self-esteem, and the same has happened to some of those who aren’t famous at all, and it really bothered me how vanity could cause someone to change something about themselves when they don’t need to.

23.1.2016 – As gangs are becoming a major problem in modern-day life, I focused this topic of discussion on whether the media was responsible for making gang culture seem attractive to young people. I did know for a fact that this was something that some people may be too afraid to talk about, but I decided to stand up and speak up about this topic in detail because I would not hide my views on gang culture, as I would make sure to outline in this topic whether I thought the media was responsible for making gang culture seem attractive to young people.

Also on this day, I published two more articles, one of which focused on my trip up to the Croydon Museum, as the museum contains so much information and research “based on a large number of photographers, as well as certain collector’s items, such as an old-fashioned retro 1950s car.”, while the third article was based on uplifting photo moments, given that I took a photo of Croydon College’s Rotunda, as well as getting a photo with The One Show’s Marty Jopson, who is such a nice guy and so down to earth.

30.1.2016 – With it being in the last couple of years since I last visited, and despite the fact my feet were killing me as a result of going up to London for this trip, I went on a trip up to the Science Museum with my class, and while we were there, I wanted to get some photos of the museum, considering that the last time I went, it had a dramatic overhaul in design, and not only that, but some or most parts of the museum had changed from when I made my first ever visit to the Science Museum.

Also, on the same day that I went up to London with my class for a trip to the Science Museum, we also went to the Natural History Museum to study further for our stop-frame animation project. While we were there, I also took a large number of photos, considering that I took a trip up to the Science Museum. It was also the first time in nearly 15 years since I last visited the Natural History Museum.

As I published both of these articles on this day, I wanted them both to be like a two-part photography article, in other words, a 2-in-1 article.

Thank you so much everyone for making the first month of 2016 a really good one for me. I know this month hasn’t been as easy as first thought given that we’ve lost quite a few celebrity icons in the first few weeks, but to David Bowie, Alan Rickman & Sir Terry Wogan, all three of you will be remembered in our hearts forever and you shall never be forgotten.

Again, thank you for making the first month of 2016 a really good one for me, and I’ll see you all in February.

Alex Smithson

Topic: Do You Think the Media is Responsible for Making Gang Culture Seem Attractive to Young People?

With gangs becoming a major problem in modern-day life, I want to focus this topic of discussion on whether the media is responsible for making gang culture seem attractive to young people. I know for a fact that this is something that some people may be too afraid to talk about, but I’m going to stand up and talk about this topic in detail because I won’t and shall not hide my views on gang culture, as I’ll be making sure to outline in this topic whether I think the media is responsible for making gang culture seem attractive to young people.

If you don’t feel comfortable with this topic, I do sincerely apologise, but I want to make sure to talk in-depth about what I think of the media and whether it is responsible for making gang culture seem attractive to the younger generations.

In modern-day life, gangs have been known for creating and causing problems for everyone around them, especially when it comes to one of the main attractions, such as video-games, which have often been known to promote physical and verbal violence for those playing a certain game. The media, however, have also been known for making things a lot worse for people, as certain games, whether they’re digital or not, have been made to look worse for wear, with the end result being that someone ends up either in hospital, with it also being that someone ends up getting killed.

I personally believe that the media are responsible for making things worse, as the younger generations seem to believe that gang culture is attractive to them, when in reality, it is not attractive, let alone mature. The media, from my eyes, is amoral nowadays, because almost everyday now, I hear of a stabbing or a fatal shooting that has occurred either in Croydon or in London, or even elsewhere in that matter, and it’s disgusting behaviour that our generation and the younger generations are showing, and I’m sorry, but we need more police numbers out on the street, because I personally hate the fact that nothing is being done for all of us to be protected.

I know for a fact the police numbers were cut to save money, but if you want to know what I think, I think sod the cost, and just keep our police on the streets, because if it means that our lives are kept under protection, then the more protection there is, the better. I know all of you might think I sound cross as I’m writing this, and to be honest, I am cross about it all because nothing much is being done to keep the crime rates down.

Personally, I feel that nothing is being done to stop these gangs from committing crimes, and I also believe wholeheartedly that the media is just as responsible for making things worse for people, because by them making gang culture seem attractive to young people, this is their way of trying to lure people in, into doing something that they know they shouldn’t be doing. Take this as an example, it’s like they have dangled a carrot in front of a donkey or horse, and expected them to try to eat it. It’s that kind of bad example that is presented to the younger generations nowadays, and it’s sad to see that nothing is being done to stop it from happening.

Before the police numbers were cut, everyone was able to feel safe and feel that they had a sense of security that kept them at arm’s length, but after the police numbers were cut, security is now a major concern, and there’s so many risks of anyone being stabbed to death, and not just that, but with little of security, it will all become too much until someone is shot and killed, and I still go by what I’ve said, sod the cost of police numbers, and just keep our police on the streets, because we all need to be protected and we all need to be given all the security that we need in order for the streets to become safer to walk around again.

At the end of the day, it all boils down to one thing. Ignorance. We can only stop ignorance from occurring by stopping gang culture from growing, and the only way gang culture can stop multiplying is if the police numbers are brought back up, and the only way that gang culture can die out is if we have more security on the streets. It’s not just security we need, but we also need to make sure our health and safety doesn’t become a major concern and that it doesn’t become a massive target for gang culture.

The media can be a twisted, dark and amoral place to be brainwashed, and the only thing I can say is don’t fall into their trap, because you might never get out of it.

If you feel that the media is responsible for making gang culture seem attractive to young people, and if you believe that the police numbers should go back up, even if it costs too much, then please feel free to feedback your thoughts on what you believe should happen and how we can put an end to gang culture once and for all.

Alex Smithson

Music: How does it show our emotions?

As the title suggests, how does music show our emotions? Well, in many of the songs that you hear by a very huge number of musicians, they create their music in a way where certain songs can capture elements of happiness, sadness, anger, but also capture a kind of feeling where you can relate to that musician in terms of certain life experiences.

As you know already, I am an avid music listener, and I can never go a day without listening to music, because music has become a part of my life including everyone else’s lives in the world.

We all listen to music, as music is what helps to connect all of us together, as well as the different types of music interests and tastes that all of us have.

In terms of how music is made, the evolution of making music has rapidly changed so fast, because before, you would have to use all of the old musical instruments and some specialist recording equipment in order to make the music you make become a reality, now, with the highly advanced technology and equipment you get nowadays, it’s almost like a straightforward process, where you just sing your heart out into the microphone, and the record labels do the rest for you.

What kind of music interests do I have? The music interests I have are Pop, Rock, R&B, Jazz, Soul, Dance, Alternative & Indie Rock.

Now, it may sound like those music genres may be of interest to me, but I’m a very fussy person when it comes to picking the music that I listen to. Why? Because I’m one of those people where I want to be able to listen to a song or album that fits perfectly with my musical tastes. When it comes to songs or albums, it has to be a song or album that not only I will like, but a song or album that everyone else in the world will like.

The reason I absolutely love certain musicians, such as Madonna, Jessie J, Ben Haenow, Olly Murs, Michael Jackson, Nelly Furtado, Cilla Black, U2, Owl City, Paloma Faith, Anastacia, Maroon 5 and many more is because they have all influenced and inspired me to go further in this world, as many of the musicians whose songs and albums I listen to are inspirational, as they want you to be yourself, and not be made into something that you don’t want to be, and that is why I feel proud to be myself, and know that my life has no limits to the dreams I want to achieve.

Music is inspiration to my ears, and it’s also a way of helping me to get through even the most stressful of days, and music is what mainly helps me to channel my own emotions, my own ideas and also my own skills into the things that I want to design and publish. Another reason as to why Mother Nature is a website is not just because of the fact that it’s a photography website, but it’s also because music is what attaches and keeps it together.

My aim for Mother Nature is to make sure that you enjoy every article that I’ve published, whilst having the Spotify playlists on the right hand side of the website, so that it helps me to connect to all of you and to also find out new music and also the connective tastes of music that you all have. I love to become interested in new things, as this helps me to connect to the world, and it also helps me, as I can reach out and connect to all of you in the world.

My three questions to you:

  1. Who are your musical interests?
  2. What genres of music do you like?
  3. Which musicians influence you the most in life?

Alex Smithson