October 31st, 2017

Me and my camera in a spooky cemetary…

I went down to kensal rise cemetary to pay my respects to a dear departed friend and couldn’t help but notice that the tombstones looked like they were being literally pushed out of the ground by what I could only presume was the residents of said cemetary. I am not one for the supernatural but it was difficult to ignore. It looked like they were all planning an escape until I read the sign at the exit:

ah, month of the dead! Of course! I wondered if October was a particularly good month to die and if the cemetary was doing a discount if you popped your clogs in October. Die now, get one free sort of thing. Maybe they thought that just one day for the dead wasn’t enough and they needed a whole month to do their thing. I guess everyone needs an occasion to feel special and the dead are no exception. Who knows? I have obviously seen the Thriller video, as am sure you have, so we know how this plays out…I guess all that’s left to say is Happy Halloween and Happy Month of the dead!

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October 30th, 2017

Me and my camera celebrating 1000 posts in my home town, my capital city, my london

 

https://vimeo.com/236450829 (if u can’t see vid above please click on this link to view)

And so I arrive at my 1000th MYLDN post. Difficult to imagine I have put that many photographs up but there you go. Numbers don’t lie. It clearly happened so I guess. The video above is a peek into a photography book featuring my favourite 100 shots so far.  The book tells the story of the changing face of this city and its inhabitants since I started this blog back in 2008. There is currently only one in existence but am hoping to get a publisher on board in some shape or form so hopefully will let you know in due course when it becomes available to buy.

My home town has altered massively since I began posting my daily shots and not necessarily altogether for the better. This daily series began as a photographic love letter to the city I was born and lived in and was intended to be a ongoing celebration of the rich diversity of cultures and culture in this non-stop city. Over time it became an observation of the gentrification process and the impact it had on the population of London. A city that I felt was defined by being inclusive to anyone from anywhere who wanted to have a go, it slowly then quickly became an exclusive place, home only to the rich who could afford to be here and the poor who couldn’t afford to do anything but be here. So many people have been forced out by exorbitant rents  and living prices and that is still continuing on a seemingly relentless scale.

Music venues, pubs, bars and clubs and affordable houses have been torn down and replaced with luxury flats most people living and working here could never afford to buy. A city with a chronic housing shortage is now twistedly home to tens of thousands of flats that remain empty, safety deposit boxes for the rich, commodities rather than homes for communities. And it doesn’t look like that will change anytime soon.

And yet this is a city that never stops evolving and its ability to transform itself over and over again is one of the defining characteristics of this city and its chameleonic nature is maybe its greatest feature. I hope that in time it will change again from what it is now and become something else, a place where people who work in it can actually live in it again and not have to ship themselves in from the outskirts. A place that has opportunities for all and not just for those who already have them. A place where artists and musicians can find places to live cheapily and develop their craft so they can create the next wave of  art and music that will define the next generation of this magnificent metropolis. London was a the city of culture, then it became the city of commerce and now it will become…I have no idea but I will be sticking around to watch and see what happens and I will be documenting it all along the way and bringing you more of my photographic observations along the way.

If you are reading this and are one of my subscribers I would like to thank you for staying on board and your continued support. I hope you will stick around for another 1000 posts..or thereabouts!

And a big special thanks to Bolis Pulpul who let me use his incredible track Teknow for the video above. You can check out his tunes here

 

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  1. Diana Smith says:

    Good morning from Chicago. I have enjoyed your daily posts for many years now, and the exchanges we’ve had over a few of the images. Congratulations on this milestone! Your window on the unfortunate transformation mirrors what I see in my own city. With the seeming super-gentrification of our cities and urban areas, combined with the heartlessness of our politics and public (at least on social and other media), I hope that you and others will continue to see with different eyes that may lead us to be kinder and more humane in our daily interactions with our neighbors and others with whom we share our spaces. Keep the photos coming, and know that I look forward to them every day! – Diana

    • admin says:

      hi Diana
      Afternoon from London! Good to hear from you and great you are still enjoying my blog so thank you for your kind words. And yes, the way we treat people is everything. positive and respectful behaviour ripples. the more we are kind and loving we are to each other the more it will be repeated. There are many things in society we are not in control of but this is something that we have the power to do and this is very powerful in itself.

      all the best

      babycakes

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October 27th, 2017

Me and my camera in my home town, my capital city, my london

This week has featured some creepy faces found on my travels in the lead up to halloween. Above is Hannibal Lecter made entirely out of cherrios and is currently hanging on the wall at the Cereal Killer Cafe in Brick lane. Although this is genuinely disturbing it is nowhere near as horrifying as paying nearly a fiver for a bowl of cereal. I didn’t by the way. I was merely passing through. Some people are willing to pay this much but I associate cereal with the cheapest food you can eat when you are broke so it goes against every grain in my body (and probably in the cereal itself – haha. ok, shit pun but so is the title of their shop so just joining in really) to fork up for those prices (although a spoon would probably be preferable -okay, I’ll stop).

 

 

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October 26th, 2017

Me and my camera in my home town, my capital city, my london

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  1. shirley says:

    HAAA! Great

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October 25th, 2017

Me and my camera in my home town, my capital city, my london

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October 24th, 2017

Me and my camera in my home town, my capital city, my london

Projected art by Filippos Tsitsopoulos at the Muse Gallery, Portobello Rd. 

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October 23rd, 2017

Me and my camera in my home town, my capital city, my london

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