Brick Lane windows – looking up

I’ve been looking though windows again. Though this time, it is more of a case of looking up at windows and what is hanging in them, than looking through them.

I took these in Brick Lane, east London. Spitalfields (where Brick Lane is located) has changed a lot over the last decade. One end of Brick Lane has become very gentrified while the other end – going towards Whitechapel, has remained as a largely Bengali enclave with curry restaurants and council estates. I don’t think it will stay that way for long. Prices for the few privately owned flats and houses in the streets off this part of Brick Lane are already astronomical. So I might not find scenes like this if I walk down Brick Lane in a few years’ time.

Mini cabs signs in a window with Halal meat butcher below and tights and other clothing hanging in a window


I started off taking photos of the restaurant windows but with narrow pavements and parked cars, it was impossible to get far enough away from the windows to get it all in without getting a car in the shot. I could have gone for detail but I prefer context to detail. I will go for a walk down Brick Lane at another time with a wider angle lens to see what I can get.

Colour photography of badly hung curtains with the light spilling out, Brick Lane, London


When I’m out at night, I take just one lens with me. If I’m walking the streets for a few hours, I don’t want to be weighed down with gear. I have a 50mm f1.4 lens which enables me to have the ISO as low as 400 – any higher than that and I start to get a lot of noise in my shots. But increasingly I want wider angle shots, so I’ll be investing in a nice fast wide-angle prime lens very soon.


8 thoughts on “Brick Lane windows – looking up

  1. Interesting shots. I can’t help but look throughout the windows and wonder who’s there. I think a 35 or 28mm prime would work well here.

  2. Brick Lane is a great place for photography. I have spent quite a bit of time wandering up and down there with my camera. I like these images you have produced… they ask questions of private lives and stories behind these windows.

    1. Thanks Bill. I haven’t done a lot in Brick Lane but I shall be going back again and again – and probably at night because that’s my favourite time to do street photography!

  3. This would be an interesting series to see juxtaposed with similar (residential) windows in the more gentrified parts…

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