People I’ve met over the years – week 1

London Lockdown doesn’t mean I’m without pictures as I’ve raided the archives. Enjoy this collection of some of the wonderful characters I’ve met during my travels.

Plane Spotters

Meet two young plane spotters from Switzerland who I met at Heathrow T5 in May 2018. They’re skill was being able to identify a plane’s make, carrier and livery from it’s outline when at least a couple of miles out from the airport. You can follow them on instagram @kafader.aviation

Studying the form?

Clapham Junction station in June 2018 during Royal Ascot week. The platforms were rammed with racing’s fashionistas and well dressed gents. Having a quick fag, and checking the form before climbing into the packed train for the hour’s journey.

Morgasmik

I spotted MorganDavy spray painting on a boarded up office block during an arts festival in Croydon in September 2018. This was my first introduction to close up street art in the making, where the artform was being positively encouraged by the town. You can see more of his work on instagram @morgasmik and at www.morgandavy.co.uk

Kingsman Turkish Barbers

Say hello! to Sevkan and Ego, the two Turkish Barbers at Kingsman in Woodford in January 2019. Very warm and welcoming gents who were happy to chat and where I learnt what’s different with a Turkish barbers – The extras on offer include a wet shave, a hot towel, ear flaming and a head massage. Follow their instagram @kingsman__barber

The Atrist

In February 2019 I met Oliver Maughan, professional landscape and impressionist painter who was engrosed in a study of the river in Richmond. Born in Hammersmith, he explained he does most of his work along the riverside where the conditionas and scenery continualy changes. Although I took the picture in colour, this black and white image brings out a certain grittiness that complements his determined concentration. Follow Oliver on instagram @olivermaughan and at http://www.olivermaughan.com/

Pimm’s O’Clock

Akeem was busy serving at a pop-up bar in Exchange Square, which overlooks the back of Liverpool Street Station. A glorious sunny afternoon in July 2019 as lunchtime office workers relaxed and watched the Wimbledon men’s semi-finals. Akeem’s smile beamed and really invited you up to the bar looking for a drink.

A Smile and a Wave

I was studying this abandoned and abused telephone kiosk taking a number of shots framing those walking by in Brick Lane, near Aldgate in September 2019. It was only after taking this picture I realised the girl may have been waving in my direction. It makes the shot – don’t you think?

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