Up the Junction!


This triangle of overhead track at Loughborough Junction, east of Brixton, initially looked uninspiring. How wrong could I be! A few highlights...

I found James at JB Cabs, in Padfield Road, relaxing outside his arch at the end of a hard week's work. Click! One of my best images so far.

Then, hidden away down an alley, Miguel’s Boxing Gym; a ring backlit by an arch-wide window; low light, moving boxers, fast film – a challenge!

Next,  a meeting with Anne at Meanwhile Space CIC, where I discovered another facet to London’s Railway Arches. CIC? Community Interest Company. They are working at Loughborough Junction to ‘activate empty spaces while they wait to fulfil their longer term purpose’, thus providing a very useful first-home to start-up companies. Visited a few… The Edible Bus Stop organisation ‘transforms neglected sites across the UK’s transport hubs into valuable community growing spaces’. Their arch was jammed full of plants… however, my shots didn’t quite work, so another addition to the re-visit list.

Up the (Loughborough) Junction, SW9

Up the (Loughborough) Junction, SW9


A Brixton Bus Stop...


The arches here are under threat today and their residents have mounted a massive campaign to save the area. There are many photo opportunities here – I mention just a few...

Premium Coaches allowed us into their yard – provided we wore their hi-viz jackets – to shoot their two magnificent Routemaster buses housed in an arch.

Catwalk, a beauty business for the Afro/Asian community had a 10-metre wall of wigged heads.

The brilliant hole-in-the-wall, One Love Café shot still eludes me...

Brixton Station Road, SW9

Brixton Station Road, SW9