Sunday, August 26, 2012


Last weekend I was asked to photograph Hackney1000, an annual community fundraising event for Hackney Quest, a charity that aims to create better futures for some of Hackney's young people.

It was a delight, on a steaming hot day like no other this summer, with kids chasing down the miles to reach their aim of 1000 charity miles.  A band of the Olympic Opening Ceremony dancers jigged their way around the park, followed by swing dancing classes. Kids played table tennis and raced away on gym equipment.   BBQ tucker and a community cake stall fed hungry tummies and it was all beautifully set off by Candice's Stitch Kitchen bunting, lovingly made by volunteers to dress up the event.

Get involved next year!


Clerkenwell dance academy, taken through the window.

Late night games

Old Turkish game, men only, after the shops have closed.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

glimpses from a weekend

A real treat.

Ads in Haggz

Adam, the Brit, and probably the most intelligent man I know, drinking a craft beer at my local. He's gone back to NZ now of course. Till next time dear Adam and Liz, till next time.

Shoreditch street art

Never fails to surprise me. It's a playground out there and I love it.  Adam, Liz and I walked Brick Lane sniffing out vintage and watching a Stereolab instore at Rough Trade. It's good to be young.

Flora and fauna

This pot plant is twenty years old. It takes up one wall in my local Chinese takeaways and is visible through the windows to the street. It seems to be fitting in fine. Respect.

Regent's Canal

Love my canal walk. Today the towpath was dotted with characters - the painter, the fishers (for what?), the weed smokers, the house boaters...  Wild lilac, dog shit, wood smoke and canal waters fragranced the air (heady, I tell you).  The sun was gracing us with its presence. I've missed that warm glow. Overnight frog green scum had covered the Angel end leaving it lovely and mysterious.  It's just glorious.  One of the most special things about London. Oh and can I just say, I had my NPR hearing voices podcast in, another profound, sensory radio documentary on music and memory.  96 tears...  Recommended. 

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Evening, near the coast

Photographing a friend in the English countryside as night falls.  As you do.