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Jimmy. Lord of St Paul's

Paul Davey

London, United Kingdom

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Jimmy. Homeless, Owner of St Paul’s Cathedral. An extraordinary story. King Charles I gave the land on which St Paul’s Cathedral stands to “the people”. On it was built a church. Somehow over time, the title deeds were lost (Great Fire of London?). Along comes Jimmy, along comes Occupy London. Jimmy has been resident of the steps of St Paul’s for over 11 years. Occupy need a place to stay. They take Jimmy to the Land registry in Croydon where it is discovered that no one has the title to the land of St Paul’s. Jimmy, a resident on that land for 11 years legally makes a claim… he has the deeds, subject to proper searches…

I photographed him just minutes after he had been in the church showing his documents to them…

My question: Is this an amazing story about a tramp who became the owner of St Paul’ Cathedral or is it the story of a homeless man who was used by those in a position to use him for their own ends?

Speaking to Jimmy again – he’s a really nice bloke – he said his intention is to give the land back to the people.

I am working on a project, The Faces of Occupy, a blog on Huffington Post,viewable at http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/paul-davey/occu...

More on this here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrnIfAoTjv4

Canon 10D
1/200th sec at f4
15-30mm Sigma lens at 15mm

Post process:
Image desaturated in lightroom, split toned for very subtle blue highlights and orange shadows. Image opened in photoshop, midpoint adjusted, light dodge on face. final adjustment in curves, light-touch unsharp masking.

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