A brief Thursday morning walk along the Thames from Greenwich heading east, dressed over-optimistically in shorts and t-shirt. Before the rain set in properly I managed to get a few shots looking along the river towards the Dome, and the thought occurred that these views may not last too much longer, if development on the west side of Greenwich peninsula picks up pace as it has on the eastern side. The power station jetty endures, though, and long may it do so.
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.
I’ve shot these before countless times now, but it still feels worth it. The skyline keeps on changing (it might not be too long until views of the Millennium Done are mostly obscured from the south), and the autumn colours pass before you know it.
Shot on my Fuji X-T10 with 35mm and 60mm lenses on a chilly November day.
Angerstein hotel, antigallican, Charlton, East Greenwich, fire station, Frankie & Benny, Fuji X-E1, Fuji XT10, london, mirror shop, photography, photowalk, pickwicks, rose of denmark, SE London, SE7, south east London, Starbucks, woolwich road
I took my cameras for a walk along Woolwich Road between two landmark pubs, starting at the Angerstein Hotel; passing the landmark shops (‘mirror’, and ‘ass’); the unexplained shipping container of Holmwood Villas; East Greenwich fire station; Pickwick’s pub (recently closed); the motorway service station architectural vibes of Frankie & Benny’s and Starbucks; the Rose of Denmark pub; the out-of-town-shopping-centre-but-in-town incongruous mass of M&S and Sainsbury’s; Valley House (awaiting demolition); and finishing up at The Antigallican. The sun was belting hot and not particularly nice for photography, there was too much traffic, and there are far too many signposts and the like cluttering the view along there, but it was an interesting exercise; I might try it again in the winter.
From this time 3 years ago (though somehow – Olympic effect, maybe? – it seems much longer), the now-demolished Tunnel Refineries silos on Greenwich Peninsula.
Three years on and the Peninsula looks very different already; but what is its future? Darryl at 853blog has a depressing report which suggests it’ll be a fairly bleak yuppie development, with social housing ghettoised at the south end; the north an extension of Canary Wharf, rather than a part of Greenwich. This seems a missed opportunity to create some of the kind of housing suitable for families that the area needs , and that our Labour council should remain so in thrall to developers remains a source of deep gloom.
Taken through a hole in the temporary hoardings along the Thames Path between Enderby’s Wharf and Lovell’s Wharf. Work had stopped in the development and water filled up the foundations.
I took this back in January but it’s taken a while to come up with a version I like; I think this one works ok.