Old Curiosity Shop

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.

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Hangin’ Out With The Krays

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As long as you give respect you get to drink with East London’s Finest.

Taken with a Yashica 635
Ilford XP2 400
Scanned from negative using Epson V550

Rush Hour Flu

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Friday 5pm London Bridge. Just in time for the weekend.

Yashica 635. Kodak Portra 400. 120mm

Freedom to Speak

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Look up and you meet interesting spies looking down.

Shot in the town of Granada, Spain.

Fujifilm X20 (RAW) App Priority.

2 Down, 8 Across

3 Down, 5 Across

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.

Salford (Rex) Cinema & a Pin Hole Kodak

Salford Cinema

Beginning life as a church (1864) The church closed and the building was radically altered and a cinema license was obtained in 1912.

The exterior is quite ornate for such a small cinema with the front and part of the side tiled in decorative terracotta tiling with ornate round windows with carved laurel leaves and swags. There is an ornate balustrade along the top with a cupola temple structure above a corner entrance. The words “Salford Cinema” are carved on a half circle ornate pedement at the middle top of the frontage.

The cinema changed hands in 1921 and again in 1937 when the name was changed to the Rex Cinema (even though “Salford Cinema” was clearly carved in the pediment.

The cinema suffered from the advent of television and the slum clearances which had taken most of the customers form the area. The Rex Cinema closed as a cinema in 1958 and lay empty for some time until 1967 when it opened as a bingo hall.

The opening ceremony was performed by actress “Violet Carson” better known as “Ena Sharples” from the soap opera “Coronation Street” who was also a one-time cinema pianist in the silent days.

The bingo stopped in 1985 and the building has come full circle and reopened as the New Harvest Christian Fellowship, a Gospel Church. The Rex has been designated as a Grade II Listed building.
I came across this cinema whilst driving around trying to find a car park for the hotel we was staying at a year ago. Being on a cross road it popped out and the Salford Sign had me hooked. I wanted to capture the building in a retro form and decided to come back with a vintage camera. Shooting through an inch of glass that is reflecting upside down is hard work yet very rewarding. I love how this old camera still takes pin sharp pin hole shots even to this day. Taken using a 1924 Kodak Brownie and Fomapan 100 ASA 120mm Film.

Racing Ahead At The Finishing Line

  
I stupidly went down the escalator that was turned off (Leicester Square tube station).

It’s easy to get giddy half way. Though I braved it till the end. Only to turn around and find I was being chased but a very confident 10 year old that cleared the task in a matter of seconds.

River Walk

  
London is full of simple art work that is totally ignored. Take a moment to look around and you see wonderful delights.