Down Pillory St, tucked in between houses and winding cobbled roads lies the Victorian corner hardware store, where you can buy anything your imagination desires yet at night when the cold draws in and the darkness wraps around red brick and faded signs like a thick winters fog, The Old Curiosity Shop comes to life and lights up the path of wonder like Christmas windows beckoning in the warmth.
Simple food made for peanuts, costing small fortunes in prime locations. Wheeled into place and powered by Calor magic. Old traditions do last centuries.
Tower Bridge, London.
Friday 5pm London Bridge. Just in time for the weekend.
Yashica 635. Kodak Portra 400. 120mm
Look up and you meet interesting spies looking down.
Shot in the town of Granada, Spain.
Fujifilm X20 (RAW) App Priority.
Bumped into the music artist that is Peaky whilst walking around the market square in Camden Town, London.
We exchanged artistic tastes, cd’s and pictures.
An awesome guy with great underground rap lyrics, I was glad he stopped me for a chat.
Look him up…. and donate a few quid to his efforts in making it to tour Japan.
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Taken with a Yashica 635 TLR
Kodak Portra 400. 120mm.
5pm Friday in the business district of London is always busy. Thousands of people rushing away from the big smoke and heading towards the weekend so they can forget their rat life ways.
It’s a stressful time trying to get the tube and fighting your way through frustrated behaviours.
And through all this congestion a simple moment of calm she sits in full view whilst staying hidden.
Maybe she had time to kill.
Maybe she had nowhere to go.
Maybe waiting for the next bus, just to get a seat.
No-one cared to ask.
Or maybe, 2 Down, 8 Across was just too much of a challenge to give up now.
Yashica 635. Kodak Portra 400 ASA. 125/sec F8.
I love the age old tradition of street performers. There is something magical about a person making a living entering you whilst you shop.
I went to Chester to pick up a few items. (If you are unfamiliar with the city. It dates back to Roman times and still has the outer walls standing. It was developed in the Tudor times and the city has been almost untouched since. It is a fantastic historical wonderland and well worth a visit).
I have recently been shooting street only on film with my Yashica 635 TLR. It’s an amazing camera that seems to attract a lot of attention. It’s been fun working out how to shoot quickly and silently.
Getting back to the image. As I walked through the busy streets there was the sound of 1920’s Jazz floating through the crowds that drew me in. A women in her 20’s, dressed in period fashion was delighting the passers by with her Charleston.
She captured the moment brilliantly and keep me in gaze for two or three songs.
I took the opportunity to kneel down and wait for her to pass my viewfinder before passing her hand with silver coin and exchanging our love for all thing vintage.
Her performance made my day and I know (because she told me) being photographed by my camera made hers.
Turn any street in old England and town and you will find interesting people eager to entertain.
This is one of the last great examples of early purpose built cinema architecture left in the UK and even if the rest of the building cannot be saved. The facade should. Sometimes the cost of keeping something so unique may seem unrealistic and keeping up with the times is the best option. However that is the sort of thinking that has left most towns and cities losing their character. Liverpool is a leading example of retaining it’s original architecture and the Futurist should also be saved. It would be the only early cinema in the city and with the right money, love and care could become the centre piece of Lime Streets redevelopment.
Think of it like this….. When this cinema was built. The golden age of the silver screen was still a unique experience for many. People sat together in pure comfort and warmth. They laughed together, cried together, became scared together and fell in love with their fav film stars together.
No other building holds so many historic moments and has told so many stories than a cinema.
Keep the Futurist for the next generations, let them enjoy her proud stature. Let them wonder about her past.
There is still time to save her. Please make the right decision. Keep her standing and telling stories.
(Followers. Please help. No matter where you are in the world. If like me you have a fondness for nostalgia take a moment and sign the petition to save this building.
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Thank You )
London is full of simple art work that is totally ignored. Take a moment to look around and you see wonderful delights.