Across to Blackheath Village first thing Saturday for a haircut. Nice autumn light shining on the display outside the florists by the station.
Over to Charlton Park next on Charlton Champion duties to photograph the official opening of the new skatepark, built by Greenwich Council and funded by developers taking over the old skatepark site in Woolwich (amid much inevitable controversy).
Full set of skatepark pics at The Charlton Champion.
I’ll definitely be back there soon to take more photos; the light wasn’t ideal (sudden brightness between downpours as Storm Brian passed over), and a longer lens would be better – I had assumed that my 14mm would be ideal for capturing the whole skate bowl scene but, as always seems to happen when I use a wide angle lens, it was quickly abandoned for the 35mm. Next time I’ll take the 60mm for more portraits.
The evening was spent playing guitar with Ronnie Ripple & The RipChords at Genesis cinema in Mile End; a fun gig performing after a screening of Back to the Future. I really should have used it as an excuse to face down my 30 year fear of playing the intro and solo for Johnny B Goode, though. Hopefully there’ll be another chance there soon.
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.
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.
Plus a bonus shot of a swarm of hats in Poundland on Powis Street here:
A Saturday afternoon interlude spent peering over the edge of the Thames path near Charlton.
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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.
A half-term trip to the North-East, and a chance for a quick visit to the newly re-opened Side Gallery in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Their ‘Childhoods’ exhibition mixes work from the Amber archives (including Liisa-Sirkka Kontinnen and Chris Killip), newer projects from the North-East, plus contemporary work around the world, such as Kai Wiedenhöfer’s Syrian Collateral, to explore the experiences and lives of children in difficult circumstances. I found the whole show engrossing and, ultimately, quite heartbreaking.
It’s great to see the Side Gallery back, and in premises that their work deserves. Every town should have a Side Gallery-equivalent; we might understand this country a little better if they did.
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A breezy and occasionally damp walk along the Thames path, past the Emirates Airline cable car and the old jetty (currently Farmopolis), looking over the river to Silvertown.