Liam Arthur photographed Olympian triathlete brothers Jonny and Alistair Brownlee for Cartoon Network UK to support the latest phase of its anti-bullying campaign, CN Buddy Network.
It is hard to think of better role models and partners for the anti bullying campaign than the Brownlees. Their achievements, their numerous Olympic and World Championship medals would be enough but the site of Alistair carrying Jonny across the line at the recent World Championships in Mexico took them to a new level of heroism – not to mention altruism and brotherly love. It was the best possible example, living up to the anti bullying slogan “Be a Buddy, Not a Bully.” Though Alistair is typically self deprecating when talking about the moment, “If I had sprinted past him, it would have been much worse. Plus, my mum wouldn’t have been happy with that.”
Launching with National Anti-Bullying Week, the CN initiative encourages kids and young people to “Be a Buddy, Not a Bully” and aims to raise awareness and empower young people to take positive action against bullying.
In November 2014 Liam Arthur traveled to The West Bank to help pick olives and to photograph the people there who live their ordinary lives against an extraordinary back ground of sectarianism and strife. The result is ‘Occupied – Portraits of The West Bank’ a gentle but powerful set of images that reveal the everyday life that lies behind the drama and the violence of the news feeds. The pictures are moving because they capture moments of normalness, kids go to school and play football, farmers pick olives and tend goats. But it is all against the unseen but ever present background of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.
‘Occupied – Portraits of The West Bank’ is currently featured on the photo mag website Of The Land and Us together with an article by Liam about his journey and how he created the project.