Butcher, London

Butcher, London 2004

My wife has just asked me why I took this picture. Slow intake of breath. Because I did!

At the time, I was very interested in “Working London”, particularly places which worked unusual hours, Smithfield Market (which is nearby) for example. London can be a fascinating place.

Anyway, so I liked the colours on the sign and the wear on the shutters, and yes being British was amused by the public toilet sign which seems almost on top of the shop. Handy!

Technical Details. 80mm lens on a Bronica SQA. Provia 100 slide film. Yes, on a tripod.

Alice’s, London

Alice’s , Portobello Road, 2004

Years ago, I used to live in west London and favourite thing to do on a Saturday, was to get up very early and slowly walk east and see how far I could get.

Despite what people tell you, London isn’t a huge place and I regularly made it to St Paul’s.

This photo comes from one of these walks, I don’t think I ever walked any closer to the shop to find out what it sold. I like how rich the red came out (no I didn’t tweak it). As I recall, I was using a Bronica SQA and an 80mm lens on FujiFilm Provia 100. I wonder if the shop looks as grand when it is open?