Friday 12 October 2018
Two new releases with Hoxton Mini Press.
First publication of The Isle of Dogs, before the big money from Mike Seaborne.
I haven't seen this one personally but the preview looks pretty good and perfectly adapted to Mike's visions.
Second book East London Photo Stories, One neighbourhood 14 photographers is a compilation of previous monographs to celebrate Hoxton Mini Press' five years of existence. This small publishers has gone from strength to strength and I am delighted to see few of the collective being finally recognised for their long and dedicated love of photographing the East End.
Buy those books online or from most main London bookshops.
Sunday 7 October 2018
AS FOUND FROM PHOTOMONTH PROGRAM
George Green's School, 100 Manchester Road, Isle of Dogs, London , E14 3DW
Island Gardens DLR Station
Sat 10am-3pm, Mon-Fri 10.30am-3.30pm
20 Oct - 26 Oct
ISLE OF DOGS : BEFORE THE BIG MONEY
This exhibition marks the publication by Hoxton Mini Press of Mike Seaborne's new book, Isle Of Dogs : Before The Big Money. The photographs were taken in the early 1980s and capture both the environment and the people of the Isle of Dogs before the advent of Canary Wharf and global finance transformed the area forever.
Monday 23 July 2018
The very Western part of Barking Road is beyond recognition. Or, shall I say the bit by Canning Town station is. Tall buildings have burgeoned after the Olympics and the pattern seem to be pursued South towards Silvertown. Nice little touches here and there of famous locals that embody the spirit of the East-End in a very flashy fashion. As you walk under the A13 and start your journey of the Barking Road Eastbound all that sense of celebration and new has disappeared, you enter the real thing.
Barking Road still has it I guess compare to Romford Road. Lots of shops, a very cosmopolitan environment and lots of people in the streets. Barking Road is not only a commodity, it is also a community. Lots of contrasts between old and new, poverty and betting shops, ancient landmarks and new projects. There is a vibe, there is friction, there is life. New plots become available, new grounds are being constructed such as the Boleyn Grounds where stood not long ago West Ham football Club.
Poverty and loneliness seem more apparent though because of its vibrance, they usually good and in hand. You enter and leave various sections of the new Eats-End but there is a nice flow to it as if Barking Road was an umbilical cord. The end of the road feels a bit more lonely, more vacant. As you cross the Northern Circular you enter Barking and the constructive landscape doesn't seem to stop where ever you look.
I was about to start my walk on Barking Road but I saw an exit sign indicating City Island at Canning Town station so I decided to head this way in order to have a closer look, the view from the train never allows you to appreciate the scale. As I left the station I realised there was no other passage back to Canning Town ( unless coming back to the station) so I decided I would have a walk around. I didn't want to enter the island as my camera wouldn't allow me to have a sense of scale or take a perspective on the building project. I walked a bit South and discovered they were building a path all along the River Lea Bow Creek towards its mouth - to be investigated later when completed. What strikes you first is the cheer scale of the project on such a small piece of land. As everywhere else nowadays they tried to make it look "interesting and playful" by juxtaposing very standard building of different colours and patterns.
I recently saw an advert about the project where they were promoting its "creative" residents. I cannot imagine how such a tight landscape can emancipate inspiration to be honest. That might be one of the busiest piece of land I have ever witnessed in UK. You are surrounded by a natural environment but it feels like a prison to me. I think they could have done something quite special actually but they managed to produce the opposite somehow.
I then followed the only path Westbound to reach the Limmo Peninsula Ecological Park. I don't know why they call it park as it is short lived path that follows the River Lea and passes under the DLR. This walk enables you to have a view on the other side towards Canary Wharf. Lots of lovely wild grasses and some news installations for the locals to enjoy the views. Those spots are already damaged and filled with litter, not so great for the the flora and fauna.
A new colossal pedestrian bridge trying to upgrade the adjacent abandoned Victorian one. More litter...and we are back on the A13.