Joe

After a casual acquaintance with an older man named Joe, who entered into conversation with random passers-by on Hoxton Square, London photographer Martin Usborne (Martin Usborne) made a series of photographs about his life.

Joe

"I was born right at the crossroads of Old Street 1 January 1927. When I was a boy, Hoxton area was a haven for all types. Mayor then appointed chimney sweep Brooks. And guess what happened? He reached to decorate one of the houses fell down the stairs and died. It happens, it makes no sense to be upset. And we had one hefty girl six feet tall. She helped police catch criminals - would grab them and planted directly into the police cars. Her name was Mary. Do you know that name? It is quite common - Mary so, Mary syakaya. There was another gentleman Brotskaya who always kill their chickens with a stick. His son was named Monty. A rather rare combination - Monty Brotskaya ".

Joe

"If I try, I can imagine the future. It's like watching a movie. Sidewalks will move on site nurses will be robots, cars will become less and less, and they will have wings. You just have to wait. There will be no movie theaters, all will watch movies at home on the computer. But I do not like computers. I think after 50 years on Hoxton Square will be a new market with a plastic roof from the rain. So if it will rain, potatoes do not get wet. That's just, I do not know what they sell there. Potatoes? Or maybe, pots? There nothing much changes. "

Joe

"Unlike young people, old people full of prejudices. This is because they believe in the old ideals. They still think that Queen Victoria was still alive. But now all need to stick together, and we must not twist the nose. If America goes to the bottom, we too will go to the bottom. I think it's better to be kind to everyone. For example, John Travolta: half Italian and half Irish. A mother of Sylvester Stallone - Jewish. I read it in the book "The Life of the stars."

Joe

"Computers can start a war, if people are careless. You press the wrong button, and the bomb explodes. In the old days, if the typist was wrong with the set, she took out the paper from the carriage and threw out. Now you press the button, and the entire economy collapses. Doctors no longer look at you, they look at the monitor. Secretary to the doctor's office looking at the monitor. Everyone thinks that because they work more efficiently, but it is not. I still send the wrong glasses. "

Joe

"The most important thing for me - my keys, bus pass and a belt. If I lose something from this - trouble. When you lose cigarettes or one pound, then you will find always new. But if you lose your keys, you can not get home. And you can not get home, because there is no travel. And you will not be allowed on the bus, if the pants are falling from you. So it's all very important things. But there are a few important things: never leave the money under the mattress. Thieves in the first place will glance right place. Money should be kept in the bank. Although in our time and this is not the safest place. Probably still better to keep money under the mattress. "

Joe

"I find contemporary art is useless. Like an old painting. Renaissance, for example. You know what it is? I also love the work of Picasso and Toulouse-Lautrec. The latter was not so bad, even though he was daring destiny. And you know Tracey Emin? She lives in London. We heard that she was going to build a skyscraper on Hoxton Square? I'd met her. "

Joe

"In the past, when people still went to the opera, all wearing bowlers. You watched the movie "My Fair Lady"? All there are hats. When in 1920 in our region opened Tesco (the largest retail chain in the UK), in the window were photos of men, and they were all wearing hats. And under his jacket each had a vest. Previously, when you meet someone on the street, you are always welcomed, bowing his head and took off his hat. But people do not wear hats anymore. They are all that anything but a hat. "

Joe

"I spent two years working as a carpenter, but then I started to have trouble breathing and I found a job on the street Hackney - proklepyval luggage bags. Twenty years I have been doing this work, but if I was smart - that is a very, very clever - I would probably have become a bookkeeper. And if I was not so overweight ... Do you know who I would like to be? Ballet dancer. I know for sure that there would be a funeral director - a terrible job. It says astronomers interesting work. I am interested in the universe. What do you think if a meteorite crashing to Hoxton Square, anyone survive? "

Joe

"Old age has been very painful. I always sore neck, I do not eat, and spasms in the chest tortured me for hours. If I were rich, or if I were a queen, doctors would do their best to pain is gone. They would put me to the hospital and treated. But the rich are dying like flies. Do you know why the rich die? This is because they eat too much. The good life is not always a good impact on health. "

Joe

"Young people always draws in Hoxton graffiti. It's nice to add a little bright colors, do not you? Some of them dress up vulgar, and their hair sticking out forever, but I think they are good people. Well, when all different. "

Joe

"Some things make me laugh. Funny how dogs talk. It's funny, when the monkey throws someone coconut head. A man wandering on the uninhabited island, the parties monkeys. He thinks the monkey want him hurt himself coconut head, and they just throw him a coconut, so he ate. "

Joe

"As a child, all around were cockney. And now everything is different. You never know who will meet today. It would be boring if every day would have flashed the same person. Take singer Mariah Carey: Her father was half-black man - now it is called the black - and the other half he was Venezuelan. Her mother is from Ireland. I read about it in the library. And what about the others? Puerto Rican ... this girl, this Lopez. Yes, Jennifer. There is no Englishwoman named Lopez. If she was born in Hoxton, it would be Jennifer Smith called, and this would be correct. You know Johnny Depp? He and all the blood of the Cherokee Indians. In his family there and the Irish and the Germans. "

Joe

"I do not mind when I take pictures. Once I was asked to take a picture in Piccadilly, and I said "yes, of course." But I will not allow the girls to be photographed with me. Suddenly they have a boyfriend? I do not want any trouble. After all, he might think she was going to leave me. Martin, if you want to take a picture of me, hurry up, I'm not very good when the bladder is full. "

Joe

"I go to the library on Monday, Tuesday, and ... Yes, actually there is some special days. I like to read about different places, but I never left England. It would be nice to visit the island with a good nature - trees, animals, fish, moose, mountains. If we did all this, would we have thought about the other countries? If you have in your garden is growing in the world, would you think that increasing the neighbors? Think of England. We can not grow in their coffee, we can not grow in their tobacco. But if you could, do you think we would have invaded Iraq? "

Joe

"I've never had a girlfriend. I think it's even better. All my life I suffer from colds, so it would have been unbearable. That's the whole point - in my poor health. And I fell for a long time to take care of his mother. If I were married, most likely I would not have been born. Women have always kicked around me, and it is bad for the health. You know Bernie? He's very, very smart. He married a girl six feet tall, she is from Serbia. Then I thought, that's lucky. But I prefer tall blondes in Scandinavia. But the high Spaniard - even brunette - too much to my taste. I would like to have a girl, but it's not, so I'm not worried about it. You know what: I have had a happy life, I never went hungry, but the most important thing. "

Joe

"If Jesus had a camera, the world would be different. Perhaps there would be no wars - in fact we would have proof of his miraculous power. Unfortunately, at that time people were too brainless to invent the camera. And I do not believe in God. But there must be some force. Otherwise, where it all happened? I go to church, because there are good people. Together we go to watch a movie, last week watched "Piranha in 3D".

Joe

"The East End (the eastern part of London -. Esquire), everything changed. We used to have a lot of carpenters, tailors and bandits, and now we have the Olympics. I know a man whose son had helped build the Olympic Park. He came under the cut. All these things make people redundant, and if someone is no longer needed your job - you are fired. What will happen after the Olympic Games end? Probably nothing. "