South by South East

 

Before a visit to the NPG to see the Audrey Hepburn photographs, a quick visit in and around Waterloo East.

The arches in London are all about contrasts: from the one-man-band auto-repair arches in Hackney etc. to the gentrification in Waterloo East!

The stretch of arches on Wootton Street have been modernised with new façades fronting the original arches. But the arches are still there to be seen, and Chris at the Digital Consultancy was happy for me to poke my Nikon FE through his front door, and capture the modern, stylish interior of their office.

On to the arches adjacent to the Festival Hall, thronging with tourists. The well known watering holes of the Topolski Gallery-Café-Bar Venue and the Archduke Wine Bar are here, but somewhere else caught my eye.

The Interior Designers who created the restaurant Le Pain Quotidien have retained the arch at the rear superbly, using subtle lighting that emphasizes the brickwork. I need permission to shoot here…. and a tripod and my Pentax 67. Another revisit beckons...

New faces on old arches... Wootton Street, SE1

New faces on old arches... Wootton Street, SE1

 

Not Just a Photographic Project...

 

In March, our next foray was again south of the Thames, walking from Elephant and Castle north towards Southwark. This was another good day in an area likely to be regenerated. Everyone was really positive.

Then it dawned on me, this wasn’t just a photographic project – I was in fact recording social history. What were the arches used for 50 (or 100 years) ago? What will be in them in the year 2050?

We received a great reception from the trainer Mateo and the super-fit Leon at Crossfit Blackfriars.

However, I began to realise another problem to be faced… shooting hand-held on film in dark places. The list of places to revisit was getting longer – The Last Supper in Newington Causeway, The Union Theatre in Union Street and The Ring Boxing Club in Ewer Street.

 
Leon – Super Strong! Crossfit Blackfriars, SE1

Leon – Super Strong! Crossfit Blackfriars, SE1