London is changing… and not for the better. I started this blog because I was aware of how much London had changed since I was a child and I wanted to capture the atmosphere and character of the city I love before it disappeared.
I took a walk down Berwick Street today. It was once home to a street market with a dozen fruit and veg stalls, many many fabric shops, record shops, cheap cafes, ironmongers, lighting shops – just everything you could possibly want or need and all from independent small businesses.
The lower part of the street – where the street market is struggling to keep going – is being refurbished with new pavement and road being laid and God knows what else. It’s been going on for what seems like years.
I took the photo above just a few months ago, shortly after or before I took this one. And today I saw that this cafe has closed down, along with almost all the other shops along the same side of the street. A popular fancy dress shop is now almost empty – even though it had queues outside before Hallowe’en last year. There are notices now about redevelopment. I hope (but fear) that Berwick Street doesn’t lose it’s wonderful character.
I’m usually drawn to people but with these two shots I was drawn to them and I can’t explain why. The first one is very yellow much like many other shots I’ve taken at night. I think the colour might have drawn me.
The second one was just something about the old-fashioned lampshade and the rippled glass. It’s an odd thing to photograph I grant you – a lit lamp. But I had to do it and I really like the shot – again I can’t explain why. I think it might just be something to do with windows – I can’t help looking into them and taking photos of what I see.
What do we do when we’re bored? I can’t remember what we did before smartphones but these days if anyone finds themselves at a loose end and on their own, they can take refuge in their phone. It works if you’re waiting for customers in an ice cream kiosk on a rainy day or walking down the street.
It does seem to be a particular problem for ice cream sellers – even if you’re offering coffee and hotdogs as well!
If you’re going to try to get the attention of the tourists in the queue outside the Natural History Museum on a chilly Saturday morning, you may as well make a song and dance about it – especially if most of them are foreign tourists who don’t speak much English.
At least you get to have fun!
Caught outside the Science Museum and Natural History Museum on a cold Saturday morning. I couldn’t quite work out what this man was doing dressed in various plastic bottles and looking a bit like a plastic bottle robot. It seems I wasn’t the only one who was a little perplexed.