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Guerrilla gardener allotments, October 2012

Richard Reynolds, the guerrilla gardener, told me about these plots last year.  I paid several visits to the area at the time, recording the site and surrounding environment. On Friday I took more photographs, looking at the changes over the last 12 months. So a gallery of new images.

 

 

 

60 minutes – 5th August

I’ve been staring at this roll of film on my desk since the beginning of August, which for various reasons, never got processed. As I was working this weekend, I didn’t have time to shoot any new personal material, so it was a good opportunity to pay the local lab a visit. From a walk from Kew Gardens to Ealing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

60 minutes – Stratford, 22nd September

These photographs were taken on two short walks I went on recently around the Olympic Stadium, and to the south in the Lea Valley. The second visit was part of the London Open House Weekend, where organizers were expecting around 20 walkers. But as over 150 turned up,  it must be of particular interest to a lot of people!.

It was fascinating to see such a vast area of either derelict or unused land. At the moment,  developement appears in relatively small pockets, but hopefully its status as a Green Enterprise District will see the area transformed.

Lea Valley, Stratford - Lock gates on the perimeter of the Olympic site.

Lea Valley, Stratford – Locks on the perimeter of the Olympic site.

 

Lea Valley, walk on Open House weekend, Stratford

Lea Valley, walk on Open House weekend, Stratford

 

Lea Valley, Stratford

Lea Valley, Stratford

 

 

Canalside sculpture near Olympic Park

Canalside sculpture near Olympic Park

 

Lea Valley, Stratford

Lea Valley, Stratford

 

 

Lea Valley, Stratford

Lea Valley, Stratford

 

The southern extent of the area I walked around, near the Blackwall Tunnel

The southern extent of the area I walked around, near the Blackwall Tunnel

Sky gazing

As I spent many years chasing rainbows, sunsets, moonrises or any kind of moody excitement happening in the sky whilst on car shoots, I acquired the knickname ‘The Prince of Darkness’. A couple of jornalists in particular knew that if they came out with me, they would always miss their tea. Sorry guys!. Old habits die hard. But here are some shots for you, without tin boxes!.

I found these photographs whilst searching for something else this afternoon. Taken a couple of years ago, they illustrate the spectacular cloud formations that can occur at certain times of the year on the Alantic Coastline, near Cape Trafalgar.

Cape Trafalgar

Cape Trafalgar

Cape Trafalgar

Cape Trafalgar

Cape Trafalgar

Cape Trafalgar

Cape Trafalgar

Cape Trafalgar

Cape Trafalgar

Cape Trafalgar

 

 

Coast of Light, August 2012

7 years, 1 month ago environment, landscape, Travel 0
Coast of Light, August 2012

Some new photographs from the Coast Of Light series, taken during August 2012.

Left: Ikea car park, Jerez. Right: derelict petrol station, Conil

Left: Ikea car park, Jerez. Right: derelict petrol station, Conil

Autovia de la Costa de La Luz, near Vejer de la Frontera

Autovia de la Costa de La Luz, near Vejer de la Frontera

Mirror mascots, Conil

Mirror mascots, Conil

shop with traditional tiles, Conil

shop with traditional tiles, Conil

Left: Football pitch, Conil. Right: Litter, Conil

Left: Football pitch, Conil. Right: Litter, Conil

Derelict petrol station with bird's nest in petrol pump

Derelict petrol station with bird's nest in petrol pump

Left: Tarifa. Right: Restaurant wall projection, Tarifa

Left: Tarifa. Right: Restaurant wall projection, Tarifa

Plane trees, Conil

Plane trees, Conil

 

The old N340 road between Conil and Vejer de la Frontera

The old N340 road between Conil and Vejer de la Frontera

Left: Seafront park, Conil. Right: Youth club, Conil

Left: Seafront park, Conil. Right: Youth club, Conil

Railings, seafront sports area, Conil

Railings, seafront sports area, Conil

Left: Grass, Fuente del Gallo Right: Restaurant, Conil

Left: Grass, Fuente del Gallo Right: Restaurant, Conil

Caravans from the travelling Feria, Conil

Caravans from the travelling Feria, Conil

Another vacant plot

Another vacant plot

I pass this derelict flower bed everytime I head back into London on the M4. Situated near the West Lodge Gate at the south west corner of Gunnersbury Park, it must also seen by the thousands of motorists who every day negotiate the Chiswick Roundabout. Completely negleted, there is very little left of the original planting. Normally passing it at a brisk pace in a car, I didn’t realize how big it was until I walked around it last Sunday. So, a project for guerrilla gardeners?

Derelict flower bed, West Lodge Gate, Gunnersbury Park next to elevated section of M4

Derelict flower bed, West Lodge Gate, Gunnersbury Park next to elevated section of M4

Derelict flower bed, near West Lodge Gate, Gunnersbury Park

Derelict flower bed, near West Lodge Gate, Gunnersbury Park - remnants of original planting

Derelict flower bed, West Lodge Gate, Gunnersbury Park next to elevated section of M4

Derelict flower bed, West Lodge Gate, Gunnersbury Park next to elevated section of M4

Derelict flower bed, West Lodge Gate, Gunnersbury Park next to elevated section of M4

Derelict flower bed, West Lodge Gate, Gunnersbury Park next to elevated section of M4

Derelict flower bed, West Lodge Gate, Gunnersbury Park next to elevated section of M4

Derelict flower bed, West Lodge Gate, Gunnersbury Park next to elevated section of M4

60 minutes – Ashton Court, Bristol, 8th July

7 years, 3 months ago environment, landscape, photography, Travel 0
60 minutes - Ashton Court, Bristol, 8th July

I lived in Bristol for around 12 months through 1983-4, during the last few terms of college. Planning to start a business with an art student friend, much time was spent cycling around the city, discussing photography, graphics and taking photographs. The business bit never happened in the end, as I ended up getting a job as a staff photographer on the car magazines at Haymarket Publishing, and moved back to London. But I still have an affinity with the place.

Last weekend, after a very enjoyable evening at Lia and Juliet’s supper club, I had the opportunity to walk around an old haunt, Ashton Court. After a gap of 28 years, it was a completely different place, and strangely it felt as if I had never been there before. Maybe it was the rather splendid (and generous) Mint Juleps served by Lia Leendertz that shaped my thoughts! But the following images are my reaction to the park in 2012.

Ashton Court, Bristol

Ashton Court, Bristol

Ashton Court, Bristol

Ashton Court, Bristol

Ashton Court, Bristol

Ashton Court, Bristol

Ashton Court, Bristol

Ashton Court, Bristol

Ashton Court, Bristol

Ashton Court, Bristol

Ashton Court, Bristol

Ashton Court, Bristol

Ashton Court, Bristol

Ashton Court, Bristol

Ashton Court, Bristol

Ashton Court, Bristol

Ashton Court, Bristol

Ashton Court, Bristol

 

 

 

Coast of Light – June 2012

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Coast of Light - June 2012

The Coast of Light series.

Fuente del Gallo

Fuente del Gallo

Fuente del Sol

Fuente del Sol

Fuente del Sol

Fuente del Sol

Cadiz

Cadiz

Left: Bahia Sur shopping mall Right: Gibraltar Airport, with a view of the Rock

Left: Bahia Sur shopping mall Right: Gibraltar Airport, with a view of The Rock

Left: Tarifa. Right: Feunte del Sol

Left: Tarifa. Right: Fuente del Sol

The Coast of Light – June 11th

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The Coast of Light - June 11th

The Coast of Light series, June 2012

Cliff top marker in 2009, Cala del Aceite

Cliff top marker in 2009, Cala del Aceite

In the summer of 2009 I took this photograph of one of the markers lining the cliff-top path, near Cala del Aceite, which stand like skittles on a conveyor belt. This Atlantic coastline is exposed to extreme weather conditions at certain times of the year. It is battered by storms and also subject to torrential rain, meaning the cliffs are similutaneously undercut and washed out to sea.

Cliff top in June 2012 with missing marker

Cliff top in June 2012 with missing marker

Soil erosion and fallen cliff top marker, Cala del Aceite

Soil erosion and fallen cliff top marker, Cala del Aceite

Cliff top marker, Cala del Aceite, Andalucia, Spain, showing soil erosion

Landslide debris with cliff top marker, Cala del Aceite

Cala del Aceite - landslide debris

Cala del Aceite - landslide debris

 

60 minutes – 6th June

7 years, 4 months ago landscape, photography, Travel 2
60 minutes - 6th June

A sequence taken on an early morning walk on the cliff-top paths near Cala del Aceite, near the town of Conil in Andalucia.

Cliff top fields and paths near Cala del Aceite in Andalucia, Spain.Cliff top fields and paths near Cala del Aceite in Andalucia, Spain.

Cliff top fields and paths near Cala del Aceite in Andalucia, Spain.Cliff top fields and paths near Cala del Aceite in Andalucia, Spain.Cliff top fields and paths near Cala del Aceite in Andalucia, Spain.

 

 

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