I feel a little guilty. It's not quite ruin porn but I do feel I'm benefiting from the ongoing restrictions on everyday life in London. I feel the way to turn that into something more altruistic is to publish a second Living Lockdown book to raise money for Ealing Foodbank in what's becoming a version of a series of unfortunate events.
I've picked up the story from the end of my first Living Lockdown book last July and...well I'll let the author speak for himself
So on I run around Ealing, through the slow release of the first lockdown into the tiers of autumn. My routes are familiar but the streets are changing. Help yourself items on garden walls are rarer now. Chairs have been taken inside and the chalk games washed away in the rain. Gloves are out of fashion. Masks are all the rage. Social distancing is second nature as pavement circles peel and fade. Shop windows play with time. Advent calendars on sale before Halloween and late-night Christmas openings that never happened. But change is coming. I've followed a similar selection and editing process to last time, as you can see in my collection of albums on Flickr. I think the sense of fatigue that we speak about comes through with moments of despair and humour. Very wartime. Buy now and donate.
I've been pursuing a style of photography now called street for a number of years. A south Londoner by birth I am pre-occupied with the West End and spend too much time there taking black and white pictures on film. I nurture a hope that one day London will be recognised like Paris, New York and Tokyo as a great city of street photography but secretly like the fact that it is still the underdog. For someone who enjoys the solitary practice of his work I am surprisingly talkative about it - although not at the same time. Here's a collection of idle musings and distracting links.
These posts are a sample of my current blog PORTRAIT OF A STREET PHOTOGRAPHER. There are 10 years of posts so please visit!