Photos from inside Charlton’s closed-to-the-public Summer House

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Not exactly proper urbex (the Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust kindly let me in to have a look), but here are some pics taken yesterday inside Charlton’s (probably) Inigo Jones-design Summer House. Converted to public toilets and unused since the early 1990’s, the Summer House is now under restoration; full story on the Charlton Champion.

Greenwich & Docklands International Festival in Woolwich; July 2017

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Greenwich Docklands International Festival dancer

The finale of 2017’s Greenwich & Woolwich Docklands International Festival came to Woolwich on Saturday, processing from Peter Burke’s Assembly sculptures in the Royal Arsenal, across the road and into General Gordon Square, via a loop around Powis St. I can’t pretend to have understood exactly who or what the loin-clothed dancers represented, but I enjoyed it; particularly the raving-in-Powis-Street section.

See a short edit of pics from the event here.

Plus a bonus shot of a swarm of hats in Poundland on Powis Street here:

Poundland hats, Woolwich

 

Charlton Lido sunset; July 2017

Charlton Lido Sunset, July 2017

Charlton Lido Sunset, July 2017

To Charlton Lido on a warm July evening to hear Theo Thomas of London Waterkeeper charity talk about the challenges of making the Thames a swimmable river. It wasn’t entirely relevant for swimmers at my end of the Thames (the currents and the law make it a less than wise choice for swimming), but still an interesting evening. It’s good to know that there are people pushing to improve the quality of our river water (though it was dispiriting to be reminded how so many of the improvements in recent decades have come from EU law, and what that might mean for a post-Brexit Britain).

On the way out the sun was setting over a very still lido.

(PS I’m selling A4 prints of this for only £20 + P&P) – get in touch if you’d like one!)

Photographing: Fiona Veacock Ceramics

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Some product photos taken for Fiona Veacock Ceramics on a warm, damp, post-General Election morning in June. You can find out more about – and buy – Fiona Veacock Ceramics here, or see more from the shoot here.

If you’re an artist/craftsperson and need product photos for your marketing and publicity, I’d love to hear from you – get in touch!

 

Woolwich Public Market; February 2017

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A Friday morning nose around Woolwich Public Market. It’s a pretty sorry site: mostly abandoned and semi-derelict, a few stalls clinging on by the front entrance, and all ultimately awaiting demolition for the Spray Street redevelopment. There were briefly plans to turn it into a street food market in the interim, but these fell away pretty quickly; a shame, as the space (once cleaned up!) would have been perfect for it, and would have given people a much-needed reason to visit and spend money in Woolwich town centre.

Click here to see the full set of Woolwich Public Market photos.

Print sale: Royal Iris, Woolwich

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Now available: print of the Royal Iris boat – formerly a Mersey Ferry (on which the Beatles are said to have played pre-Beatlemania), now mouldering on the Thames, moored up by Woolwich, fate uncertain.

Prints available in 3 sizes, all on quality, archival paper. Order here and use ‘BLOGREADER’ in the discount code for 15% off before the end of February.

 

‘Girl on a spacehopper’, Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen

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Clearing out some drawers before Christmas led to the rediscovery of this print of Sirrka-Liisa Konttinen’s Girl on a Spacehopper, which I won in a Side Gallery competition (possibly on Facebook) a few years ago, put to one side then obviously forgot about. I’m really pleased with the framing job; it was worth paying the extra for non-reflective glass and I might have some of my other framed prints re-done in the same way.

This photo was taken as part of Konttinen’s Byker work (coincidentally on display in the Tate Modern at the moment), and there’s a nice story in the latest TateEtc magazine about the photographer finally meeting the girl in the photo recently after many years. Also, an aside in that story suggests that Konttinen is working on digitising her work for a forthcoming book, which has to be good news.

Photobook: ‘It is something, it is nothing’

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I’ve been really enjoying Nicky Hirst’s It Is Something, It Is Nothing photobook since it arrived sometime in January. I’d been following the series on Instagram for a while, but they work even better in print; the book has a great rhythm across the spreads. Published by the excellent Another Place Press and highly recommended!

 

Print sale: Greenwich Park, Pelicans, St. Paul’s, Putney Bridge…

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I’ve recently set up a new website to make my photos available as prints. All prints are printed by me on quality archival paper (typically Ilford Galerie Prestige or Hahnemuhle Photo Rag), and are available in three sizes. Readers of this website can enter ‘BLOGREADER’ in the discount code at checkout to get a 15% discount (valid until the end of February 2017); thanks as always for reading!

I’ll be making more prints available in the coming weeks and months, so if there’s a picture you’ve seen on here that you’d like, get in touch and I should be able to make it happen. I’m also keen to know – if you buy prints, or are interested in them – what size, format and finish you typically prefer; I’ve been printing them very much to my preference at the moment, but am always keen to know what others like.

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