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Memories No 03 – from Walthamstow Central to West Croydon

My third blog outlining the stories behind my ‘Pictures of the Day’. For this week’s review, I travel to the ends of the DLR, Overground, Tfl Rail, Tram and the Victoria lines through July and into early September 2018.

An exciting couple of months through the heat of the summer months in 2018, and one when I was introduced to the magic of expressive art, colour and wonderful people. People ranging from a bespoke tailor, wall artists and security professionals.

Please tell me which is your favourite picture, and why through any of my social media platforms.

So here goes for week 3. Please let me know what you think.

#15: Walthamstow Central – ‘The Birds’

05/07-2018 – This is taken inside the beer garden to Mirth, along Hoe Street. The doors are open so I take a peek inside and given the time of day (early morning), there’s no trading taking place so I can walk through uninterrupted.

This painting/wall art/mural is deep inside the alleyway, but it’s vibrancy and bird motifs gives it a somewhat garish look. The birds maybe crows or ravens, certainly some type of carrion chasing the skirted woman is very reminiscent of a scene from Hitchock’s The Birds.

I’ve converted the picture into black and white but I can’t decide which image is best, so I’ve decided to include them both. Maybe you can decide…message me and let me know

Settings: Camera – Canon EOS 200D; Aperture – ƒ5; Shutter Speed – 1/125; Focal Length – 39mm; Film Speed – ISO400; Google Photo Filter – None (Colour), and Vista (B&W)

#16: Stratford International – ‘Bruno’

12/07/2018 – Meet Bruno, a two year old guard dog; part of Westfield’s security patrol. His handler explained he’s a cross between a Malinois and a dutch hunter. The Malinois is a medium-to-large breed of dog, sometimes classified as a variety of the Belgian Shepherd dog rather than as a separate breed. The name “Malinois” is derived from Malines, the French name for the breed’s Flemish city of origin, Mechelen. (This is an update from my original blog as I had misheard the breed name as ‘malinmor’ and couldn’t find any reference).

Both handler and dog were very friendly but I have no doubt Bruno would quickly jump into action on his handler’s instruction. I decided not to test this out.

I couldn’t quite get him to look straight into the lens as he averted his eyes; trained I guess to keep watching out, but this shot gives a very good impression of his poise, discipline and strength.

Settings: Camera – Canon EOS 200D; Aperture – ƒ4.5; Shutter Speed – 1/125; Focal Length – 33mm; Film Speed – ISO1o0; Google Photo Filter – Alpaca

#17: Wimbledon – ‘Release’

19/07/2018 – On the side of Wimbledon library in Compton Road, there’s a very interesting sculpture by Mohammed Sheibani entitled ‘Release’. It’s a composition of three murals depicting books on bookshelves made out of bricks or terracotta tiles.

It’s an imaginative representation stylised to blend into the red brick wall. A simple piece, but one that speaks volumes. It’s a shame it’s on the side of the building as many passers by will miss it, and even though it’s just around the corner from the main entrance, if you have no reason to go into the side road, then you’ll miss it.

The only enhancement to the picture is that I’ve applied a green filter (Alpaca) to help with contrasting the ‘books’ within the shelving.

Settings: Camera – Canon EOS 200D; Aperture – ƒ5; Shutter Speed – 1/125; Focal Length – 25mm; Film Speed – ISO100; Google Photo Filter – Alpaca

#18: Paddington – ‘Hidden Rainbow’

02/08/2018 – This is taken under the Bishop’s Bridge Road flyover as it crosses the Paddington Basin just north of the station. An otherwise dark and gloomy underpass en route to several restaurants and where you’ll also find one of the Paddington Bear statues dotted around the area.

This colourful metal display has been erected to brighten up the area, and it does do that. A little difficult to capture as there was a stream of passers by making their way to/from the restaurants, or generally milling around. The first few shots using a flash failed to capture the true colour but I persevered and only slightly enhanced it with a green filter in post production to heighten the colour range.

Settings: Camera – Canon EOS 200D; Aperture – ƒ6.3; Shutter Speed – 1/200; Focal Length – 53mm; Film Speed – ISO500; Google Photo Filter – Alpaca

#19: New Cross – ‘Life Saver’

14/08/2018 – Just outside the station, I’m reminded of my childhood days when I see what I consider to be an iconic vision of an NHS pharmacy. Maybe it’s a reminder of a pharmacy I used to see in my parental hometown, I can’t remember, but nevertheless the image is worthy of capturing as it happens to be the NHS’ 70th anniversary year.

I waited for someone to walk past, to contextualise the scene, and in some way to create a reference point showing that the pharmacy is used by those walking past. 

And as I update this blog in April 2020, it’s a poignant reminder of life’s frailty as we isolate ourselves during the current world Coronavirus pandemic 

Settings: Camera – Canon EOS 200D; Aperture – ƒ5.6; Shutter Speed – 1/250; Focal Length – 36mm; Film Speed – ISO100; Google Photo Filter – Reel

#20: Highbury & Islington– ‘Inside 1 Coopers Yard’

29/08/2018 – This shot is from within the Charlie Allen’s display window looking outwards with the tailored garments in relief. I wanted to highlight this bespoke tailor’s location and how its fashionable interior contrasts with its hidden surrounds: that of a back street opening onto Upper Street, one of London’s main arterial highways.

I had thought of cropping out the car, but that would have given a narrow view and the picture would have lost its sense of belonging. After all, the location is how I stumble across this gem, and that’s part of the memory. I’ve applied a slight blue filter to help enhance the cobble path.

Alternate picture names have been suggested by Twitter followers as follows: ‘Highbury One’ and ‘Man-nequine explores Islington’

Settings: Camera – Canon EOS 200D; Aperture – ƒ5.6; Shutter Speed – 1/200; Focal Length – 18mm; Film Speed – ISO100; Google Photo Filter – Reel

#21: West Croydon – “I have myself…”

07/09/2018 – This is one of the many wonderful public art on display throughout Croydon as part of the 2018 Rise Festival. A wonderful innovation bringing art to the masses on a grand scale, which really made my day. Not only for the diversity of art on display, but also for the opportunity to meet and talk to several artists who were preparing their own murals.

As soon as I saw this piece, I was in awe of its scale, message and simplicity which is the trademark of its creator – David Hollier; a Wolverhampton born fine artist who now works out of New York.

I stood for quite a while reading the passage, which comes from Sir Winston Churchill’s famous ‘We’ll fight them on the beaches’ speech given to the House of Commons on the 18th June 1940. Quite moving, despite standing on the corner of street in Croydon in 2018. The words make up the final two paragraphs of the peroration.

The only adjustment I’ve made to the shot is to apply a Vogue black and white filter to help contextualise the piece back into the 1940’s era.

Settings: Camera – Canon EOS 200D; Aperture – ƒ10; Shutter Speed – 1/500; Focal Length – 30mm; Film Speed – ISO100; Google Photo Filter – Vogue

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#19: New Cross – 14/08/2018

The Vicinity

I’d always had a biased impression of what to expect in New Cross, based only on media coverage over the years. I guess that’s how an unconscious bias is developed, so although I had some unease, I prepared myself for the unknown, and I’m glad I did.

…and wow! What a day and what a walk. I decided to map my journey using Google Maps and realised I’d walked over eight kilometres in an area I had no expectation of being so interesting and enjoyable…taking in New Cross, New Cross Gate, Deptford and Greenwich

New Cross is one of several ‘end of the lines’ on the Overground emanating from Highbury & Islington. The station is also served by Southeastern mainline services passing through from Charring Cross and/or London Bridge en route to the heart of Kent and the coast.

Goldsmiths

Whilst getting my bearings, I notice that all the lamp posts in the immediate vicinity and main roads are adorned with banners advertising Goldsmiths University of London so I head off to explore. En route I stumble across an elegant Edwardian style town-house named ‘Bryn Towy’.  The Welsh in me makes me want to find out more about this property but alas the best I can do is garner that it’s now student accommodation and part of Surrey House student accommodation.

Down Lewisham Way and into the main university grounds I wander around the campus and even though we’re in the height of the summer, the thirst for knowledge clearly doesn’t stop as I see groups of students everywhere discussing earnestly the intricacies of their earlier tutorials. The campus is a blend of old and new and unusual buildings sprawling into the neighbourhood with whole streets being used for various faculties.

Before I know it, I’ve made it to New Cross Gate station so time to head back to New Cross along the main road to Deptford High Street. A long drag in the heat of the midday sun, but in doing so I pass an international array of food outlets (restaurants, take-aways and shops) catering for the international student community. I also pass the Amersham Arms and ReynA a Turkish Restaurant, and Deptford Town Hall, which played a part during World War 1, so look it up.

Deptford

Had this been a market day, I’ve every expectation the High Street would have been a colourful and vibrant place full of street traders, shoppers and those just generally milling around. Nevertheless, even though the High Street was devoid of market stalls, there was still plenty of colour on display through the array of wall art, and residents. Whilst taking a few pictures of a wall end adorned with a necktie and a string of pearls, I was approached by a couple of lads from a larger group who were keen to have their picture taken. Whilst Tyrice and his friend were full of bravado, the conversation quickly flowed revealing their funnier side and I was keen to capture this; I think I did? – nice to meet you guys!

Just around the corner, by Deptford station is the redeveloped Deptford Market Yard  and Carriage Ramp which lays claim to being the oldest railway structure in London. Watch out for the Bank Holiday weekend where this years Craft Beer Fest is being held.

Churches

A mention to a couple of churches as I continue through Deptford headed towards the south shore at Deptford Creek. Firstly to St Paul in the High Street and secondly to St Nicholas by Deptford Green. Both blessed with quiet space for contemplation for those looking for peace or a moment to themselves.

Where old maritime meets new marine

As with many parts of London’s Thames shoreline, multi-million £ developments have erupted along the Thames Path spawning high rise apartments and leisure outlets. I was however surprised with what I found at the mouth of Deptford Creek where it spills into the Thames. The development at Thames Street has engaged with the local community and local school children who have painted scenes of their interpretation of life on the Thames displayed on hoardings. Whilst on a grander scale, Russia has gifted a bronze statue of Peter the Great to the area in recognition of the time he spent in his formative years learning the art of ship building in Deptford.

Walking across the creek and a stone’s throw from the Cutty Sark in Greenwich, you’re reminded of another great ocean adventurer – the Gypsy Moth pub: named after Sir Francis Chichester’s yacht in which he sailed single handed around the world in an attempt to beat the times set by the clippers of the 19th century.

Greenwich Market

When in Greenwich it would be wrong not to stroll through the covered market, and although I’ve been here several times in recent months, as with any market, it changes before your eyes so it’s always worth a visit.

…and today was no different stopping to photograph some of the colorful displays of socks, dresses and scarves before tasting some scrumptious vegan fudge served up by Raef at The Fudge Patch, a newly opened shop in the market and one well worth stopping by to buy some traditionally home made fudge. The owners John and Patch were a little reticent in the photo opportunity so Raef took the limelight – good to meet you Raef…

Arriving at the North shore

For those unfamiliar with parts of London you may not know that there’s a foot tunnel under the Thames joining Greenwich on the south shore with Island Gardens on the north shore. A feat of Victorian engineering modernised with new lifts in the 21st Century. So my day’s journey ended looking back across the Thames from whence I had travelled during the day.

By the way, and this is new to me, there’s also a foot tunnel joining north and south Woolwich too, so expect to read about that when I visit Woolwich Arsenal in due course.

For more info, look up New Cross on Wikipedia

Picture of the Day

Just outside the station, I’m reminded of my childhood days when I see what I consider to be an iconic vision of an NHS pharmacy. Maybe it’s a reminder of a pharmacy I used to see in my parental hometown, I can’t remember, but nevertheless the image is worthy of capturing as it happens to be the NHS’ 70th anniversary year.

I waited for someone to walk past, to contextualise the scene, and to offer a reference point in that the pharmacy is used by and for people. The picture, otherwise, would have looked a little isolated. 

And as I update this blog in April 2020, it’s a poignant reminder of life’s frailty as we isolate ourselves during the current world Coronavirus pandemic 

Settings: Camera – Canon EOS 200D; Aperture – ƒ5.6; Shutter Speed – 1/250; Focal Length – 36mm; Film Speed – ISO100; Google Photo Filter – Reel

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