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.
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.
A freezing cold February morning on the Thames path revealed a dumped and burnt-out car under one of the (possibly disused) chutes for transferring aggregates between boats and the Angerstein branch railhead in Charlton. Almost all the plastic and rubber had burnt away; some of the paint on the wall melted off with the heat.
A Saturday afternoon interlude spent peering over the edge of the Thames path near Charlton.
PS. I’m working towards making a much wider range of my pictures available to purchase as prints (all on high-quality, archival paper). If there are any photos on this site that you’d like to own as a print (prices start at £40), please get in touch.
(I’m also always interested in print swaps, if you make paintings/photos/linocuts/woodcuts/screenprints/similar – just get in touch!)
A quick trip across the river to Trinity Buoy Wharf to see Stephen Turner’s Exbury Egg and surrounding exhibition. I’d strongly recommend you go, but unfortunately it’s already moved on…Go and see it on its travels if you can!
The video above shows the Thames where the river Lea joins next to Trinity Buoy Wharf, looking downriver to the Emirates Airline cable car; the sound comes from Floodtide, a tidal sonification installation by Seth Guy (below).
A combined failure of Southeastern Trains (derailed freight train near Lewisham) and the Jubilee line (failed train at Stratford) scuppered my plans to go into town and meet a friend for lunch; instead, turfed out of North Greenwich station, I took a walk around the northern tip of Greenwich peninsula and found myself at Victoria Deep Water Terminal.
One of a small number of protected wharves, the Deep Water Terminal is used for – as far as I can tell – loading and/or unloading of aggregates; it’s an entirely different world from the O2 arena around the corner, Canary Wharf over the river, and the new flats that are (slowly) appearing around the rest of the of the peninsula. Long may it run.
So, how was your Christmas and New Year? Mine was very pleasant: spent mostly in the north-east of England visiting family; busy enough to not get round to posting any pictures here (though some went on my Instagram).
Back in London and it’s 2017 and, for the first time since 2001, I find myself a man of leisure (ie without a job – don’t worry, I won’t starve for a little while). Spending a few days sorting out domestic admin before getting stuck into the world of freelance/contracting, I took a trip to Woolwich on a wet Monday.
Peter Burke’s Assembly sculptures were looking good in the rain; not much else was, to be honest (even the Salvation Army seem to have moved on), but there’s always something interesting to see in Woolwich at least.
Part of my recent admin efforts have been:
- a new website for my photographic portfolio, still a work in progress, but I’m finding the Pixelrights platform to be very good so far.
- a new Twitter account for my photography (and not for moaning about the council etc…).
Take a look, let me know what you think – it’s always good to get some feedback. And Happy New Year!
A brisk walk from North Greenwich down the east side of Greenwich Peninsula with the sun out and a very cold chill coming off the river. The Antony Gormley statue, cable car, Farmopolis, and the boats of Greenwich Yacht Club all make this section of the river feel quite different to Charlton riverside, though it’s just round the bend of the river. The gas works have long gone and the flats have gone up and are going up still further (with terrible ‘settler’-themed advertising hoardings which I really should photography for posterity at some point). Soon the O2 Arena will be barely visible at ground level around here; it only seems 5 minutes since it was the only thing to look at on the peninsula.
Down to the Thames by the Anchor & Hope in Charlton on a crisp, cold early December day; the pollution layer that’s been hanging over London for the last few days very evident in the clear skies. Views north across the river to Silvertown give a clue as to how the south side of the river could look when the planned Charlton riverside development has replaced the remnants of industry in a few years time. Looking west, it’s suddenly noticeable that views of Canary Wharf and the O2 Arena are starting to disappear, obscured by new developments on Greenwich Peninsula. London needs more housing, but it’ll be worse for the loss of links with its industrial past.