Friday, 12 September 2014

Bleeding London - We're in are you?

The London Region of the Royal Photographic Society is inviting Londoners, and visitors to the capital to participate in one of the most ambitious photo projects that the capital has ever seen – to photograph every street in London.  Based on the Whitbread short-listed novel, Bleeding London by Geoff Nicholson ( the ultimate read for any London freak. Nicholson describes the enormousness and enormity of London with a mix of pleasure and disgust as the character Stuart  walks every street in the trusty A-Z, crossing them out as he goes along!)  The RPS are challenging Londoners and visitors to follow in the footsteps of Stuart London and cover the entire A to Z documenting their journey as they go! One of our customers Jen Pedler - local resident and local historian has risen to that challenge and has now succeeded in photographing every street in N19.  If that wasn't enough of a challenge she has been blogging about her journey with witty ramblings and musings about the streets she has walked.  Her posts are packed with amusing insights, local information and historical references (click here to see her blog in full)

"Archway town centre was decimated in the '60s by the creation of the gyratory. There was much protest but gyratories were in fashion then so it went ahead, with much demolition involved, including some early C19 almshouses just east of Archway Road.  What Philistines planners were in the '60s!

Now, 50 or so years later, it's going to be all change again. Much to everyone's relief, after years of campaigning, the hated gyratory is to be abolished. The sins of the fathers...? But then, abolishing gyratories is fashionable these days....."

Jen's blog features loads of interesting photographs - I'd never noticed this house - number 32 1/2 Bickerton Road! 

The genius positioning of McDonalds.

I also liked this one amusingly titled "Alcoholic Reflections" featuring our fellow traders Theatre of Wine.

Jen has now moved on to photographing N6 and is continuing her blog.  She has promised an instalment on Junction Road later in the series - we're really looking forward to it!

The Royal Photographic Society is hoping to have covered all the streets by the end of October, with a view to a major exhibition and book in 2015.

If you are interested in participating - another local photographer Gandha Key has been requesting help with the 180 odd streets of N7!  if you can help sign up with Bleeding London here!

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